Skip links and keyboard navigation

TAE's new wearable technology set to boost aerospace maintenance efficiencies

Queensland-headquartered aerospace company TAE recently demonstrated their new Fountx wearable technology at the Singapore Airshow 2016.

The technology has the potential to dramatically reduce aircraft down-time and maintenance costs for commercial, regional and defence aircraft operators, particularly those in regional locations.

The hands-free system uses a wearable computer with a helmet-mounted camera and a near-eye display to allow users to interact in real time. Technicians can be remotely connected with aviation experts who then provide guidance via a pair of virtual hands. This means companies can undertake aircraft and engine repairs without having to fly in specialists.

The near-eye display provides a shared visual space, so using the system is like having the expert in the room even if they're in another state or country.

Fountx is purpose built for use in complex industrial environments and is based on years of research by CSIRO, Australia's premier industrial research organisation. Under a new licensing agreement, TAE is commercialising CSIRO's technology system, making Fountx available to the global aerospace industry.

As well as boosting efficiency in the aerospace industry, the technology has the potential to be used for a range of other applications including manufacturing, mining, automotive and medical.

Discover more about Fountx at www.fountx.com

Read also AINonline's recent article.

For more defence industry news, sign up to our free e-newsletter and follow us on Twitter.