RealWear, the leading provider of assisted reality solutions for frontline industrial workers, unveiled the next-generation industrial-strength wearable, the RealWear Navigator 500. The navigator 500 is built on the success of the RealWear HMT-1, with a few noticeable hardware and design upgrades. So what are the highlights and features compared to the HMT-1 and should you upgrade to the Navigator 500?


Highlights of the Navigator 500

The RealWear Navigator 500 features a revolutionary modular design

The RealWear Navigator 500 features a patented modular design that enables customers to swap out specific modules such as the camera, modem, battery, and others in the future. This increases the agility in many user scenarios while reducing long-term capital investment.


Hot-swappable battery with better battery life

Compared to the internal battery cell of the HMT-1, which requires the device to be powered down prior to removal, the RealWear Navigator 500 has an external battery pack that can be quickly hot swapped to another battery without needing to power down the device.

The increased battery life of the Navigator 500 represents a major breakthrough. With an expected battery life of up to 8 hours, frontline workers can rely on the Navigator for an entire shift without any charging during a typical shift.


The RealWear Navigator 500 has better camera and display

Camera: As the key component of the wearable device, better cameras allow workers to capture pictures with more details. The camera on the Navigator 500 gets a boost from the HMT-1’s 16-megapixel camera. The Navigator 500 features a 48 Megapixel camera from Sony, which is comparable to professional cameras. The 48MP camera from Sony, with enhanced zoom and excellent lowlight performance, allows for quick scanning of barcodes and QR codes, easily capturing serial numbers, asset tags, wiring diagrams, pinouts, etc. in sharp detail, and capturing images for reference. The camera module can be easily swapped out with other accessory options, such as thermal or inspection cameras.

Video: The video recording resolution is unchanged at 1080p. However, frame rates on the Navigator 500 have increased to 60 frames per second from 30 on the HMT-1. Users are able to capture smoother videos when moving at a high speed.

Display: The RealWear Navigator 500 features a vibrant display that works great indoors as well as in direct sunlight. With the modular design, the display can be swapped for future hardware upgrades.


Upgraded performance

A brief overview of the specs of the RealWear Navigator 500 compared to the HMT-1:

Product RealWear Navigator 500 RealWear HMT-1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Pro
Memory 4 GB RAM 3GB RAM
Storage 64 GB Flash 32 GB Flash
Camera Sony 48MP Samsung 16MP
Video 1080p 60fps 1080p 30fps
Weight 272g 385g
Width 22 mm 33 mm
Noise Cancellation 100 dBA 95 dBA


Should you upgrade to the Navigator 500?

There’s no easy answer that applies to every company since purchase decisions will always vary depending on your business technology strategy and budget.

The Navigator 500 will certainly pay off the upgrade cost with its improved performance and prolonged capability for a long shift. Across different industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, food processing, education, and others, the Navigator 500 accelerates companies’ adoption of a new way to work in a post-pandemic world.

Your organization will see an immediate boost in work quality and efficiency from the better hardware in the Navigator 500. And the Navigator 500 will hold value with the future upgrades of core components from the modular design.

Meanwhile, the HMT-1 will be less costly to obtain after the launch of the new model. HMT-1 will continue to hold its core value and receive major updates in the future. Compared to Navigator 500, HMT-1 is a more cost-effective application at the moment.


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