The thing about making new products is that people often invent their own uses. For hardware company RealWear, a new partnership could be a legitimate crossover.
The Vancouver-based hardware company is in talks to supply its head-mounted tablet computer, the HMT-1, to the National Basketball Retired Players Association for its efforts to introduce basketball to children in rural or developing areas overseas.
Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, who spent nine seasons in the National Basketball Association, joined RealWear’s advisory board in February. He is also president of the NBRPA’s Las Vegas chapter. On Thursday, he spoke at the GROW Clark County networking event about how the two organizations sync.
“RealWear needs a platform to unleash this tech,” he said. “Basketball players and alumni love to train kids. It probably happens every day.”
RealWear’s HMT-1 has so far mainly been pitched to augment heavy industries. It provides a hands-free, voice-controlled computer and camera that could, for example, show instruction manuals to workers in the field or link them with co-workers back at headquarters.