BAE Systems’ new AR headset aims to be the most durable on the market

Engineers at BAE Systems have developed a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses that is claimed to be one of the highest performing and most durable pieces of wearable technology to enter the market.

The glasses, which have been put in a lightweight headset, is said to offer best-in-class head-tracking and imagery stabilisation, with capability of operating in the harshest of environments and on moving platforms.

Though the headset is just a finalised prototype, the final product will be similar to a regular pair of glasses that would use free-space tracking technology to display guidance, targeting, and mission information to the user, along with sensor video. The concept of these glasses was first demonstrated in 2017 and improvements have been made to the system since then. It first had a monochromic display and today it has a full-colour display, which is a two-time increase in the field of view, i.e. 40° x 30°.

The latest prototype also incorporates an inertial head-tracker, which is similar to the BAE Systems’ flagship Striker II head-mounted display.

In May, a study titled ‘State of Industrial Innovation’ by computer software developer PTC found two-third of industries accelerating the deployment of AR to improve worker productivity. According to the survey, 55% of use cases aimed at improving worker productivity focus on delivering instructions and guidance primarily within manufacturing, service, and training environments.

Picture credit: BAE Systems

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