The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments, Assamstadt/Germany, together with its cooperation partner Iristick, is introducing Visor-Ex® 01 smart glasses for industrial use in hazardous areas (Figure 1). The intelligent wearable, weighing just 180 g, combines high camera/display quality and reliable communication features in an ergonomic design for user’s utmost comfort. This provides mobile workers with an optimal companion for tasks that require hands-free use as well as continuous communication, e. g., with remote expert support. A total of three integrated cameras transform Visor-Ex® 01 into the remote expert’s bionic eye. Two 16 megapixel cameras are centrally positioned to depict the wearer’s natural field of vision – this way remote support views what is happening from the same angle and perspective as the mobile worker. A secondary camera offers a 6x optical zoom for zooming without loss of quality and scanning of barcodes and QR codes.
The system utilises the ECOM Smart-Ex® 02 smartphone for hazardous areas as a computing unit with LTE connectivity and a pocket unit with a replaceable battery for power supply, an intelligent ecosystem is created for a wide range of application scenarios in the industrial sector. The distribution of functions across the individual system components helps to minimize the weight of the headset unit – without compromising on performance, connectivity or battery life. By connecting to the Smart-Ex® 02, users can continue to use their tried-and-tested smartphone for harsh environmental conditions without restriction and benefit from all the advantages and security features and controls of the Android 11 operating system, including over-the-air updates, ease of use and TCO.
Visor-Ex® 01 will be certified for ATEX/IECEx Zone 1/21 and 2/22 as well as NEC/CEC Division 1 and 2 and will have protection class IP68. It can be used within a temperature range of –20 to +60 °C.
ECOM Instruments GmbH