Vuzix M400 AR glasses add Onsight Cube thermal scanner for coronavirus
When Vuzix introduced its M400 smart glasses last year, it expected the enterprise-class mixed reality wearable would be used for medical purposes, such as dental work. Now the company has found a particularly timely application for the hardware: real-time thermal scanning that could be used to help screen people for COVID-19, reports VentureBeat.
Vuzix is continuing a previously announced partnership with Librestream, maker of Onsight AR and collaborative software, to bring the thermal imaging technology to frontline screeners. While Vuzix provides the glasses, Librestream is supplying an industrial wearable camera called Onsight Cube, as well as Onsight software that helps wirelessly connect the screeners to viewers located elsewhere.
Backed by global medical experts or other officials. Colorful images provide heat maps that can be used to quickly detect body temperatures in excess of specific thresholds, as well as other heat flare-ups or reductions.
As the wearer looks at people around them and sees the camera’s raw thermal video, practitioners located elsewhere can capture snapshots or videos, adjust the lighting and zoom, and otherwise control the thermal settings. The companies expect that the wearable will speed up health data sharing and increase practitioners’ safety, in addition to letting front line workers take measurements without using their hands.
Concerns about the coronavirus have reached a fever pitch this week, as U.S. cities have clamped down on large public gatherings and the federal government has restricted travel from multiple countries. Infection and death tolls continue to mount, as the virus is believed to have a relatively high contagion rate while remaining largely undetected for days.
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