Motorola HC1 Computer Can be Worn on Your Head

December 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The first computers build were large enough to fill a room. From there, they were reduced to rectangular boxes that could be set on a table, and then later they became small enough to be folded and placed in your bag.

And now the future has stamped down the next generation of PCs, and this one can be strapped onto your head. It kind of looks like Prof. X’s Cerebro, and has a very sci-fi look about it; although the name isn’t too fancy.

The HC1, made by Motorola Solutions, doesn’t have a keyboard or a mouse, rather you interact with it through voice commands. It looks like a giant’s telephone headset and comes in two parts: an adjustable cradle that fixes the device to your head, and the computer in a metal bar which curls around the side of your head.

There’s a miniature screen located in the front of the face. The user can have the computer do applications through voice commands like ordering it to open files, check mails and zoom with the camera.

The company has designed the device specifically for those who work in environments where both their hands are needed to work and they need to access valuable information.

Motorola’s mobile computing product manager, Paul Reed, cited an example where a person atop a telegraph pole can use the device to help him rewire something.

HC1 would be a potential asset for maintenance engineers in remote locations, construction workers, architects and warehouse staff pulling stock off the shelves following complex computerised schedules. An app called Paramedic Pro is already being developed for the device by Nottingham-based software firm, Ikanos Consulting.

The app allows ambulance workers to view medical records and stream video to the hospital so the doctors can be prepared by the time a patient arrives. Motorola expects to sell several thousand of their device each year, at a cost of $3,000 to $4,000 each (£1,900 to £2,500).

That would make it cost almost the same as a rugged laptop. But it’s unlikely that the HC1 would find appeal in a commercial market.

“Its very niche, very specific to certain types of enterprise,” says the product manager, Paul Reed. “I doubt if we’re going to walk down the High Street wearing these devices in future.”

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