The HMT-1 is the result of nearly a decade of design and innovation
A long time ago in a studio far, far away...
...have you ever noticed that distinctive ‘antenna’ on the top of Boba Fett’s helmet? That device is not an antenna, it is a miniaturized wearable computer called a ‘Range Finder’ and the similarities to RealWear’s HMT-1 are no accident. Because, shortly after Pete Rozani designed the Episode VI Boba Fett costume, Pete and Stephen Pombo (RealWear’s VP of Industrial Design) started working together. After the movie, they spent years collaborating together, developing industrial grade wearable computers and co-authoring many patents for the system, dating all the way back to 1996. An example of art leading technology, we now affectionately refer to as the HMT-0.
Dr. Chris Parkinson
For more than a decade, Chris has worked in the head-mounted industrial computer industry. Since first conceiving the Golden-I, while at Kopin, Chris has always been confident that building a fully rugged and true ‘hands free’ monocular device was the path to success across industry. Chris felt that other wearable computer products were purely aspirational, like “concept cars”, and had little chance to get to scale in the harsh industrial environments. Chris is a hyper-intelligent PhD (minor in sarcastic humor), a bold risk-taker and stubbornly persistent. A true inventor and the spark that brought us together.
Only one person like him on Earth because after Stephen was designed, they broke the mold. Stephen is the most humble person that you will ever meet. However, don’t let his quiet austere fool you, behind those bright eyes is an unparalleled wisdom and talent that we all count ourselves lucky to be around. Stephen’s life stories are legendary, and if you ever meet him, ask him about the 2nd DeLorean car he worked on (think ‘Great Scott!’).