Thermal Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses

Technology Overview

Hands-free monitoring operational safety device is limited, specifically delivering prompt safety inspections of tanks and pipelines in the global storage markets. Hence, a smart hands-free thermal safety inspection wearable augmented reality (AR) glasses provides its value proposition: smart reliable and safe for tank storages & pipelines monitoring at the oil terminals. The glasses are a predictive condition monitoring system, consisting of a built-in computerized wearable glasses and an IoT safety analysis & monitoring terminal cloud. The glasses have both embedded FLIR thermal and digital cameras to directly provide monitoring with thermal inspection of the tanks or pipelines at the industrial oil terminals, and wirelessly transmit monitored objects’ images and locations recorded via GPS, back to the safety monitoring terminal. They also free both hands of the inspectors while providing instructions to urgent operations, and virtually guiding procedures or directions via augmented reality.

At the terminal cloud, the recorded images of the inspected objects seen through the smart glasses would be automatically analyzed for a prompt safety check and warning; meanwhile, the images may also be transferred back to the safety monitoring terminal cloud for a further systematic and effective analysis, so that the previously recorded & monitored thermal & digital information could be used as a key asset in predicting failures of potential wear and tear of tanks/pipelines of the oil terminals. Thus, the predictive condition monitoring system ensures safety, reliability and performance of the terminal and workers by a means of our thermal AR (system) glasses.

Technology Features & Specifications

Our thermal AR glasses are equipped for industrial safety inspection and potential hazard prevention, potentially used in gas or oil industry. The innovative AR glasses are designed to embed with a non-destructive thermal “FLIR one” camera, integrated with AR. The various graded specifications of the thermal camera are customizable to be deployed with the standard thermal handheld manual imagers used in the markets. As a result of the thermal and AR technology of the glasses, the glasses not only provide the state of the art technology to free hands of field workers while improving their instant operation during a routine safety check, but also deliver an operational graphical SOP shown as virtually augmented 3D guiding instructions while looking through the lens. Hence, the key advantages of using the wearable AR glass product are to effectively improve industrial safety, reliability and performance, which are superior to existing handheld thermal imagers.

Product specifications:  Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A17 upto 1.8GHz;  Internal Memory: 32GB eMMC ROM ;  Bluetooth: 4.0 with BLE Support ;  Display: Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) 1280 x 720;  Operating System: Android 6.0 ;  Wi-Fi Network: 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz ;  Location Based Services: GPS、GLONASS ;  Internal Battery: 8.4V/1600mA;  DC Input: 12V / 2A ;  Microphone: MEMS Mic ; Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, Digital Compass;  Connectivity: 3.5 Headphone Jack, USB 2.0, Micro USB, Micro SD Card Slot ;   Physical Buttons: 2D/3D, Power, Volume ;   Cameras: 13MP RGB, Thermal, Dual IR;

Potential Applications

Our hands-free thermal safety inspection wearable augmented reality (AR) glasses provide the value propositions of being smart, reliable and ideal for safety performance. Although the glasses are currently customized to the oil and gas industry for safety requirement and hazard prevention, its potential applications can be further extended to wherever thermal IR images can be applied in early safety and risk assessment. Example applications include those at food storage-pipeline terminals, electrical power houses, marine hull inspection, congestion reduction at ferry & airport terminals, green house energy saving designs, emergency medical responder/firefighter/plumber personnel training, and academic educations via local or long-distance IoT.

  • The primary application area: oil and gas industries for real-time safety inspection.
  • Other areas or markets: storage service, electrical power houses, marine hull inspection, ferry & airport terminals, energy saving, training & education via local or long-distance IoT.
  • Specific virtual augmented-visualized content products would be produced to associate with each specific application where the AR glasses technology is adopted.
  • The estimated size of global oil and gas storage service in (2015) market share for the thermal technology is 70.34%, compared to 29.66% for other services.

Customer Benefits

Addressing the issues of limited hand-free safety monitoring devices, the wearable thermal AR glasses provide hand-free inspections and prompted AR instructions to fulfill its value proposition of enabling reliable and safety monitoring at working terminals.

  • Effective safety inspection  related business:  at oil, gas, marine, electrical power, food, green house industries.
  • Cost saving: as a result of early problem detection.
  • Customizable AR product: user-friendly and accessible applications

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