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Differences between the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition and the RealWear HMT-1 AR Headsets

This article highlights the main differences between the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition and the RealWear HMT-1.

In this article we will go into more detail on:

  • Display
  • Battery
  • Weight
  • Robustness
  • Price
  • Operation
  • Camera and video
  • Applications
  • Comparison

Display

The RealWear HMT-1‘s high resolution micro display is below the line of sight. It is in front of one eye (left or right) and the viewing angle is easy to adjust. The display is small and detailed information can be difficult to see. The screen is easily visible in direct sunlight and in dark and confined spaces. When using the RealWear HMT-1, it is important to position the display at an appropriate angle and distance in front of your dominant eye.

While the RealWear HMT-1 is a solution with Assisted Reality, the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition is a mixed reality glasses with a resolution of 47 pixels per degree. It enables the creation of a virtual overlay by adding the provided objects as virtual 3D objects to reality and superimposing them in the field of view. The wearer can add these to the ‘real world’ as desired. The display of the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition can be folded up and thus offers an ergonomic advantage over the RealWear HMT-1.

Battery

The RealWear HMT-1 has a 6-hour battery life with 3250mAh Li-Ion, rechargeable and removable, it is also hot-swappable. The long battery life is a big plus.

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition, on the other hand, only has a battery life of 2 to 3 hours. However, it can be charged to 70% in just 15 minutes using the accompanied USB-C charging block.

Weight

The RealWear HMT-1 has a weight of 380 grams.

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition, on the other hand, is significantly heavier with a weight of 566 grams.

In terms of comfort, the RealWear HMT-1 scores better here.

HoloLens 2 industrial edition in medical place

Robustness

The RealWear HMT-1 is built to be very robust. It is fully functional at any temperature (from -20 °C to 50 °C) and resistant to falling onto concrete from a height of 2 meters. It is also completely waterproof and dustproof with an IP of 66.

The housing of the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition is very well shielded and protected. This corresponds specifically to the clean room certification according to ISO 144644-1 Class 5-8 classification, as well as the “intrinsic safety” standard of the UL Class 1, Division 2 certificate.

While the RealWear HMT-1 scores in very dangerous industrial environments, the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition has its advantage in environments that have cleanroom certification.

Price

The price of RealWear HMT-1 glasses may vary depending on the accessories and services purchased. It is around €1,877 without accessories and comes with a 2-year guarantee.

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition is significantly more expensive at €5,649. This also includes a 2-year guarantee and a “Rapid Replacement Program”, which shortens downtimes through the immediate dispatch of a replacement headset and fast delivery.

Operation

The RealWear HMT-1 has excellent voice control, which means that it can be controlled 100 percent hands-free. That means no scrolling, swiping or typing – just simple voice commands. The RealWear HMT-1 speaks 14 different languages, because of the 4 digital microphones and algorithms, it has unsurpassed noise suppression.

HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition in cleanroom

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition also enables hands-free operation using voice commands. However, it is also possible here to operate the control using gestures. No pre-programmed gestures are required – thanks to the tracking of 25 points on the hand, any hand movement can be processed. The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition also has noise suppression and speaks 7 different languages.

Camera and video

The RealWear HMT-1 is equipped with a full HD camera that can film with a stable 30 frames per second. In addition, the camera allows you to take a high-resolution photo with 16 megapixels and 1080p60fps video with digital zoom and stabilization.

realwear hmt-1 camera

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition has excellent spatial display technology due to the 4 depth cameras. This enables them to recognize objects and surfaces in reality. The quality of the camera can be seen with 8MP photos and 1080p30fps videos.

Applications

The RealWear HMT-1 can be used universally and thus offers the use of Teams, HPE MyRoom, Webex and other tools.

Realwear app store

The HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition, on the other hand, has a portfolio of mixed reality applications from Microsoft Dynamics 365 and partners that are secured by the reliability, security and scalability of Azure.

Comparison

Both glasses seem to be very suitable for business use. However, the RealWear HMT-1 is the only AR set on the market that is certified for Atex Zone 1.

The RealWear HMT-1Z1 (Atex version) allows you to take an AR set with you in highly volatile and flammable environments. The glasses can be used in wet, dusty and hazardous industrial environments and can withstand very low and very high temperatures. In a high risk environment, it is imperative to keep the real world in the foreground and keep the view clear. This is ensured by the RealWear HMT-1 with its 2D view. It is so less comprehensive, but also less intrusive. It shows the wearer information, but does not block the environment.

HoloLens 2 in use

Companies can use the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition, for example, in clean rooms for chip production, drug research and in high-risk work environments in the energy industry. The glasses can now also be used in protected environments without companies having to change their premises, protocols or work processes. The 3D experiences through the glasses are therefore more immersive than with the RealWear HMT-1.

In summary, it can be said that each of the glasses can be perfectly integrated into its own area. The RealWear HMT-1 is made for safety-critical requirements in heavy and medium-sized industries. It is also lighter and cheaper. In contrast, the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition has a great advantage in the energy and pharmaceutical industries. The HoloLens2 Industrial Edition is more helpful than the RealWear HMT-1 in environments where there is a higher demand for information and that’s what makes it worth the money.

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