Requirements: Windows PC, running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.

To install RealWear Explorer onto a Windows PC follow these steps:

  1. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file.
  2. Run the RealWear Explorer installer that is extracted. This will begin the installation wizard, displaying a welcome message.
  3. Click “Next” to move to the first settings screen.
  4. Select the location of where RealWear Explorer will be installed.
  5. Click “Next” to move to the next setting screen.
  6. Enter a name for RealWear Explorer’s start menu folder. This can be left as the default.
  7. Click “Next” to move to the final setting screen.
  8. Select if you would like a desktop icon to be created.
  9. Click “Next” to move to the install summary page.
  10. An overview of the setup is displayed. Check the chosen settings are correct.
  11. Click “Install” to begin installing RealWear Explorer.
  12. After the installation is complete a install summary window will be shown.
  13. To launch RealWear Explorer application after the completion of the installation Check “Launch RWexplorer”.
  14. Click “Finish” to complete installation.


Requirements: Apple Mac, running OS X 10.8 or greater.

  1. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file.
  2. Run the RealWear Explorer installer that is extracted.
  3. Drag the RealWear Explorer application icon to the Applications folder.

Installer on a Mac

Connect HMT-1 device to computer

Using the supplied USB cable, insert one end into the HMT-1 device and the other into the computer.

Launch RealWear Explorer

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.

RealWear Explorer screenshot

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.

Additional features

In addition to the central screen display there are a number of additional options designed to make the developers experience easier:

Image Description
Home button Navigate Home: Pressing this button with cause the HMT-1 to return to its home screen. Identical to speaking the “Navigate Home” voice command.
Back button Navigate Back: Pressing this button will cause the HMT-1 to go back one screen. Identical to speaking the “Navigate Back” voice command.
Setting button Settings: This is a shortcut to launch the standard Android settings on the HMT-1 device.
Menu button 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.

Developer tools

There are additional tools specifically for Android application developers. These tools are represented as the following icons, bottom left of the screen.

Image Description
ADB button The “adb” option opens up a new command prompt window, allowing for Android adb commands to be entered and run.
Logcat button 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.
Screenshot button The “Screenshot” option captures the current screen of the HMT-1 device connected to the computer.
WearML button The “WearML” option opens the WearML Editor for editing WearML scripts for the connected HMT-1.

Presentation Mode

Presentation Mode button

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.

Show (x,y) Coordinates

Show XY Coordinates control

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

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.

Drag-and-Drop to install APKs

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 configuration options

RealWear Explorer has a limited number of configuration options that can be accessed by selecting “Options” from the “File” menu.

RealWear Explorer options

This will display an Options Panel, allowing the following settings to be made: