US Air Force maintenance technicians to use Mira AR HMD - Prism Pro 1

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Prism Pro is a hand-free, smartphone-powered HMD that features a flip-up lens and connects Air Force maintenance technicians with experts

Quick read

➨ Maintenance technicians serving at Travis Air Force Base in California are in line to get their hands on an AR HMD designed to support their highly technical work anywhere in the world
➨ Mira, developer of the Prism Pro head-worn device, will supply the technology to Travis Air Force Base personnel
➨ the company secured the contract with Travis Air Force Base through the Phoenix Spark Cell and SBIR funding

The story

Maintenance technicians serving at Travis Air Force Base in California are in line to get their hands on an augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD) designed to support their highly technical work anywhere in the world.

Los Angeles, USA-based AR company Mira, developer of the Prism Pro head-worn device, will supply the technology to Travis Air Force Base personnel who need to communicate with subject matter experts while in the field.

Prism Pro is a hand-free, smartphone-powered HMD that features a flip-up lens, enabling users to easily access expert knowledge, receive collaborative remote troubleshooting help, and reference technical order guidance through interactive workflow tools.

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Prism Pro, as shown on Mira’s website

Mira says the device’s reliance on a smartphone means it uses underlying technology that IT departments can trust, a likely bonus for sensitive military work. It also uses gaze control/tracking to keep a technician’s hands free, while it is compatible with certain off-the-shelf eyewear and hardhats to boost safety.

In terms of software, Esteban Castellanos, Mira’s US Department of Defense programme manager, likens Prism Pro to artificial intelligence-powered personal assistants: “If you’ve ever seen Iron Man, you’ve seen Tony Stark’s on-board artificial intelligence, Jarvis, deliver critical information at just the right time.”

“The Prism Pro headset functions in much the same way by empowering remote access to subject matter experts, shrinking the knowledge gap between deployed airmen and their leadership back at home.”

Mira Connect utilises the HMD’s onboard camera to enable two-way communication, with subject matter experts able to benefit see the work being undertaken from the user’s point of view.

Digital workflows can be created from scratch with no-code authoring tool Mira Connect.

US Air Force maintenance technicians to use Mira AR HMD - Mira Connect software
US Air Force maintenance technicians to use Mira AR HMD - Mira Flow software
Mira Connect and Flow, the software powering remote guidance and maintenance on Prism Pro

Mira secured the contract with Travis Air Force Base through its Phoenix Spark Cell, a sandbox for technology development and implementation, with funding coming from the US Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research programme.

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Images: Mira

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