Intel, the computer chip manufacturer, unveiled the new Daqri Smart Helmet at its keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, a device that gives users X-ray-like vision.
According to CNET
, the helmet uses Intel's RealSense 3D camera and a transparent visor to overlay digital images on real-life objects — a technique often referred to as "augmented reality."
In one demonstration, Intel showed a facilities worker using the helmet to visualize the pipes behind a wall.
"Intel is transforming industry with its advanced technologies. Intel powers some of the world’s most impressive products and, with the addition of its latest processor and RealSense technology into Daqri Smart Helmet, we introduce the most advanced human-machine interface to the market," said Daqri founder and CEO Brian Mullins in a statement
"We have already demonstrated how the use of Augmented Reality hardware and software solves problems for our partners and, with the addition of Intel technology, we are supercharging Daqri Smart Helmet so that we can continue to drive the future of work."
Augmented and virtual reality, impressive but still nascent technologies, have become a fixation of Silicon Valley as of late, with companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft all making commitments to their research and development.
Facebook famously acquired the company that makes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a fully immersive system, in early 2014.
Likewise, Microsoft stunned many when it showed off its new HoloLens headset in 2015 that seeks to augment users home and entertainment lives.
The Guardian U.K. reported
that "The Smart Helmet has been tested by a range of Fortune 100 companies across aerospace, construction, oil, and gas industries, and will be available for purchase in the first quarter of this year."
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