Trevor Collett | Jan 5, 2014

Augmented-reality group Metaio will demonstrate a wearable automotive manual at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Using currently-available wearable computing technology available through Metaio’s partners Epson and Vuzix - and the more recognisable Google Glass - a technician will soon be able to work on a vehicle while effectively ‘wearing’ the workshop manual.

Metaio will demonstrate a 3D maintenance app at the show using a Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning unit.

The app can show the wearer how to repair or replace the unit without the need to leave the job site to consult a service manual or computer screen.

Potential future applications are virtually endless, with everything from wheel alignment to dyno-tuning instantly accessible to the wearer, saving time in the workshop.

“Metaio is creating methods of interaction that enhance vision and make experiencing the digital more intuitive and more natural,” Metaio co-founder and CEO, Dr Thomas Alt, said.

“The first step is transporting that information right before your eyes in a hands-free interface.”

Metaio expects “tens of millions” of smart-watch and Google Glass products to sell in the next few years, beginning a new era of wearable computing devices.

The Consumer Electronics Show runs from January 7-10.

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