COVID-19 has accelerated a range communication across the world including the use of a range of smart glasses that let in-field users connect with experts via high tech networks to assist in problem solving and training. One Australian company, Harvest Technology Group Limited (ASX:HTG) has just announced that it has entered into an agreement with Iristick NV (Iristick) to commence proof of concept trials for integration of the Infinity Nodestream and Wearwolf technology into Iristick’s industrial smart glasses.
Iristick is a world leader in Industrial smart glasses. Iristick provides certified smart glasses equipped with central camera, powerful optical zoom, voice commands and premium barcode scanning for hands-free communication and information sharing.
Industrial smart glasses, also known as ‘smart eyewear’, are wearable computer glasses that add information alongside or to what the wearer sees. Unlike immersive virtual reality headsets, smart glasses give users a sense of physical and digital worlds simultaneously, providing a much more natural experience. Superimposing information onto a field of view is achieved through an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) or a heads-up display (HUD). Modern smart glasses are effectively wearable computers that can run self- contained mobile applications and use both cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. Uses for smart glasses include video collaboration solutions, complex manufacturing, logistics and warehousing operations, building and construction, as well as telehealth/telemedicine, humanitarian aid and military applications.
“The global pandemic kickstarted the use of remote assistance via smart glasses as a solution to keep enterprise operations running under strict travel bans and contact restrictions. As field workers are sometimes confronted with low or no Wi-Fi connection, this collaboration can overcome that issue and make remote assistance available over low bandwidth, at any possible location, ensuring workers stay connected at any time,” said Johan De Geyter, Iristick CEO.
Encryption and streaming protocols will advance security
This initial agreement will continue development of the integration of the Company’s Infinity Wearwolf application into Iristick smart glasses, embedding them with the Infinity Nodestream (Nodestream) video encryption and streaming protocols.
“We are very excited to be involved in a relationship with Iristick and look forward to our joint opportunities in the future. The synergies between our two companies are synonymous with a motivation to deliver high- quality remote communications and assistance from anywhere in the world”Paul Guilfoyle, Company Group Managing Director.
WearwolfTM is a software application version of the Infinity Nodestream encoding platform designed to run on wearable and smartphone mobile devices. WearwolfTM enables live secure point-to-point video and communications at ultra-low bandwidths and over poor quality or congested networks. Video and audio can be transferred as low as 32 kbps.
By integrating Wearwolf with the Iristick smart glasses, users can communicate directly to a Nodestream decoding device which utilises the next generation encryption Gimli block cypher with a 384-bit permutation – achieving unmatched levels of high security and high performance.
Prototype testing already underway
Prototype testing was completed during December 2020 where the WearwolfTM application was successfully combined with the Iristick software development kit (SDK) on a smartphone and proved to work with the cameras, microphone and screen on the Iristick smart glasses. Trial communications were successfully made and maintained between Perth, Australia and Brussels, Belgium at 128kbps.
lanned to launch during the first quarter of 2021, the final commercial product will communicate point-to- point with Nodestream mini decoding devices and the soon-to-be released Nodestream downloadable decoder software application, which will run on laptops and desktop computers.
Wearable market set to expand
Wearable units are projected to reach 31.1 million units by the year 2027, growing at a CAGR of 104.6% between the period 2020-2027. Simple assisted reality glasses are projected to grow at a 101.9% CAGR to reach 12.3 million units by the end of 2027. After an early analysis of business implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the MR Holographic displays segment is readjusted to a revised 113.5% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 32.9% share of the global Smart Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses market.
“We are very excited to be involved in a relationship with Iristick and look forward to our joint opportunities in the future. The synergies between our two companies are synonymous with a motivation to deliver high- quality remote communications and assistance from anywhere in the world”, said Paul Guilfoyle, Company Group Managing Director.
“We have successfully proven our WearwolfTM application on multiple wearable platforms and we are confident it can be quickly adapted for use across other wearable devices. Given the expected growth in the wearables market, we are forecasting more than a 1000 new WearwolfTM licenses in 2021.”
1 Source: Global Smart Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses Industry – Global Industry Analysts July 2020
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