RealWear HMT-1 Smart Glasses Review

Is this the world’s best AR headset for industrial workers?

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Published: February 18, 2021

John Woods XR Today

John Woods

Since launching the HMT-1 headset back in 2017, Vancouver-based RealWear has cemented its place as one of the world’s leading developers of industrial-grade AR smart glasses.

Specializing in the delivery of fully augmented front-line line support for deployed workforces, the RealWear HMT-1 is the AR headset of choice for big multi-nationals like Volkswagen, BMW, Total, and more – but what exactly does this tech have to offer?

To help add some clarity, XR Today decided to do a quick rundown of all the most prominent features and benefits the RealWear HMT-1 offers businesses operating in the industrial space.

Let’s take a look below to find out more.

RealWear HMT-1 Smart Glasses: Design

The RealWear HMT-1 is arguably the most rugged and durable smart glasses device available on the market today, making it the perfect choice for any users working in harsh industrial environments like factory floors, oil rigs, or construction sites.

Enclosing the RealWear HMT-1 is a reinforced frame that protects the headset from falls of up to two meters, while the mechanics of the device itself can withstand huge volumes of dust, liquid, and other types of debris.

While there’s no denying the headset has some bulk, the HMT-1 is well fitted, and it distributes is 380g weight evenly throughout the device for added comfort during extended use periods.

RealWear HMT-1 Smart Glasses: Features

Alongside its sturdy design, the RealWear HMT-1 also delivers several powerful features to improve the operational performance, safety, and communications of front-line workers.

Let’s take a look at those features in more detail below:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Display of 854×480 resolution
  • 16 MP camera with 4-axis optical image stabilization
  • 1080p video @30fps
  • Four digital microphones with active noise cancellation
  • 16 GB Internal Storage 
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 20° field-of-view, 1-meter fixed focus 
  • Weight of 380g 
  • 9-10 hours of battery life
  • Android 8.1.0 (AOSP) + WearHF™ hands-free interface

With its 854×480 display resolution, these smart glasses deliver impressive visuals, while both the 1080p video and 16 MP camera allow the user to both record and stream content with full clarity.

Along with impressive visuals, this device also offers four digital microphones, each equipped with active noise cancellation and voice recognition proven to block out as much as 95 dBA of typical industrial noise.

Additional features include 16 GB of internal storage, 2GB of memory, a 20° field-of-view, and up to 9-10 battery life from a single change – making this an excellent headset for active workers on the go.

RealWear HMT-1 Smart Glasses: Usability

The RealWear HMT-1 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and uses the Android 8.1 operating system. As a result, the interface is very similar to that of an Android tablet, making it easily recognizable for almost all users and increasing adoption rates by a significant measure.

Along with a simple, familiar operating system that’s easy to navigate, users can also control the RealWear HMT-1 using voice commands to navigate the various features and supported apps. This voice activation makes the headset an ideal tool for front-line workers who can access all the benefits the headset provides without ever having to take their focus off the task at hand.

RealWear HMT-1 Smart Glasses: Verdict

With high-quality visuals, a durable design, a simple user interface, and some of the best voice recognition we’ve seen on any AR headset, we must agree that the RealWear HMT-1 is arguably the world’s best industrial-grade AR smart glasses headset to date.

However, with other vendors like Lenovo and Vuzix expected to release their latest line of enterprise-grade headsets later on this year, RealWear could be in for some stiff competition in the road ahead. As it stands right now, though, few AR headsets can compete with RealWear on an industrial level.


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