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Motorola touts headset-mounted HC1 PC

22 Oct 2012
HC1 headset computer

Motorola has developed a headset-mounted hands free system designed to run as a fully-functional Windows PC.

The company said that its HC1 system would combine voice and gesture recognition with microdisplay hardware and wireless networking connections to allow field and service technicians to access files and establish remote connections without the need for a hand-held system.

Equipped with a TI 3730 dual-core processor and 3D accelerator, the HC1 will include 512 MB of RAM and 512MB of on-board storage with a MicroSD slot which will support up to 32GB of removable storage.

The headset system will also be able to wireless connect and sync with Motorola's handset and tablet devices.

Designed to be mounted onto a hard-hat or other safety equipment, Motorola said that the HC1 would allow field technicians hands-free access to schematics and other important data while servicing systems in remote locations.

"The HC1 represents a paradigm shift in hands-free mobile computing and is Motorola's first of its kind to be commercially available for industrial use," said Motorola solutions corporate vice president fand general manager of enterprise mobile computing Gitish Rishi.

"Offering a more productive hands-free work environment for technical field workers, the HC1 will benefit both businesses and government and public safety organisations."

In addition to the embedded Windows CE build, the HC1 will sport a set of APIs and SDK resources which will allow developers to access the systems display, camera and networking components to enable remote support connections and monitoring of user activity.

The company said that the HC1 is currently being offered with support for English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. Customers can purchase the device through its Motorola Solutions unit.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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