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A mobile, user-friendly, interactive assistant

Based on breakthrough technologies, CyberCompanion is an innovative mobile information system designed to support users when performing advanced and sophisticated tasks.
A mobile, user-friendly, interactive assistant
CyberCompanion is a helmet equipped with an information system that is based on virtual reality and multimedia technologies. It allows data transmission of user's location and viewing direction, as well as image seen by the user. This mobile device comprises a wearable high performance computer that weighs less than three kilograms. This advanced computer has an audio-output unit that acts as an assistant with a vocabulary of 2,000 words.

Apart from the computer, key components of the innovative CyberCompanion include a 3D-see-through display integrated in the headset and a position- and orientation tracking system. The integrated system allows production of 3D-image information, speech recognition and generation, as well as, wireless audio, video and data transmission. Its low weight and flexible design ensures maximum freedom of movement within four hours operation time.

CyberCompanion constitutes a powerful, valuable and interactive assistant in fast completing and improving the quality of tasks. For instance, it may allow addition of content-related additional information in the real field of view, or even combination with multi-media and virtual reality-animations. This innovation could also provide access to the user to digitised manuals and user instructions.

This highly efficient user assistant can be easily operated in a very user-friendly and intuitively way. It is suitable for industrial applications when conducting sophisticated tasks, such as integration and testing of complex systems, or maintenance and repair activities. Additionally, it could also find useful applications in the fields of education and training or when performing 3D-presentations at the customers' premises.
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