Get Ready for ‘Wearable’ Aviation Computers

 - January 9, 2008, 5:19 AM

Following the wide acceptance of portable cockpit computers (even by the FAA), there comes news of wearable hardware for aircraft maintenance personnel and pilots. Aviation Automation, a startup company based in Arlington, Texas, offers a line of portable computers and electronic flight bags (EFBs) that can be secured to the user’s hip and connected to tiny head-mounted displays. The line of wearable computers is generally meant for aircraft and avionics technicians to provide them with access to electronic maintenance manuals, parts catalogs, wiring diagrams and a way to communicate with colleagues or vendors. The company also unveiled the i-Ready Room line of EFBs that includes “detachable” remote displays and other flat screens that can be used with pen tablets or laptops.