Requirements: Windows PC, running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.
To install RealWear Explorer onto a Windows PC follow these steps:
Requirements: Apple Mac, running OS X 10.8 or greater.
Using the supplied USB cable, insert one end into the HMT-1 device and the other into the computer.
Once launched, RealWear Explorer takes the form of a single-window application.
If the HMT-1 is set up correctly and powered on, RealWear Explorer will display the contents of the HMT-1 screen.
The main part of the RealWear Explorer window is used to mirror the contents of the HMT-1 screen. The screen will continuously refresh at a rate of two times per second to show faithfully what the user would see when wearing the headset.
Furthermore, clicking anywhere on the screen can be used to activate the HMT-1 user interface elements – for example clicking the “My Apps” button has the same effect as speaking “My Apps” inside the headset.
Likewise, the computer keyboard can be used to type into text fields on the HMT-1 user interface. In this way the developer can view and interact with the HMT-1 application without having to continually wear the device.
In addition to the central screen display there are a number of additional options designed to make the developers experience easier:
|Navigate Home: Pressing this button with cause the HMT-1 to return to its home screen. Identical to speaking the “Navigate Home” voice command.|
|Navigate Back: Pressing this button will cause the HMT-1 to go back one screen. Identical to speaking the “Navigate Back” voice command.|
|Settings: This is a shortcut to launch the standard Android settings on the HMT-1 device.|
|Menu: This is a shortcut to pressing the Menu button, found on some older Android devices. This is not used for most HMT-1 applications, but is provided for backward compatibility with older Android applications.|
There are additional tools specifically for Android application developers. These tools are represented as the following icons, bottom left of the screen.
|The “adb” option opens up a new command prompt window, allowing for Android adb commands to be entered and run.|
|The “logcat” option downloads the HMT-1 system log and opens it using the system’s default text editor. To change the default text editor, navigate to the File menu, select Options and then browse to the desired text editor.|
|The “Screenshot” option captures the current screen of the HMT-1 device connected to the computer.|
|The “WearML” option opens the WearML Editor for editing WearML scripts for the connected HMT-1.|
Presentation Mode allows RealWear Explorer to be run in full screen. This provides a way to present HMT-1 functionality in a distraction free way.
All RealWear Explorer functions still are available when in presentation mode.
To exit presentation mode press the Presentation Mode button or use the escape key on your keyboard.
The Show (x,y) Coordinates control enables and disables the overlay in the display window that shows the coordinates of each mouse click.
This is useful for writing WearML scripts which rely on accurate positions for the on-screen views.
RealWear Cast provides a faster was of mirroring the screen from your HMT-1.
By default RealWear Explorer mirrors the screen using ADB over USB. When mirroring the screen in this mode there is a cap of 2 frames per second which may be too slow for some users.
By using WiFi to connect to the HMT-1 it is possible to stream at up to 30 frames per seconds. It is also possible to stream wirelessly, removing the requirement to have the USB cable plugged into the HMT-1.
To use RealWear Cast:
Once pairing is complete faster streaming will start automatically.
RealWear Explorer will also remember your paired HMT-1. When RealWear Explorer is not connected to any HMT-1 the last 5 paired devices will be listed. Select the device you would like to view and RealWear Explorer will begin streaming.
Once streaming has started using RealWear Cast, it is safe to remove the USB cable without interrupting the stream. However, once the USB cable is removed it is not possible to control the HMT-1 from RealWear Explorer.
RealWear Explorer supports a very easy method to install APKs (Android applications) onto the HMT-1. This is a method known conventionally as “side-loading an APK”.
It is simply activated by dragging and dropping an APK file from the computer desktop onto the “drop zone” of RealWear Explorer.
RealWear Explorer has a limited number of configuration options that can be accessed by selecting “Options” from the “File” menu.
This will display an Options Panel, allowing the following settings to be made: