A partnership with ST Aerospace will see Fountx conduct user trials of its assisted reality technology for the aerospace industry.
Developed with CSIRO, Australia’s national science organisation, Fountx_AsR is a hands-free system comprising a head mounted computer and camera. The near-eye display allows users to interact intuitively in real time to repair and maintain aircraft remotely.
Fountx’s General Manager Laurence Beraldo said the technology’s application will initially be for the aerospace and defence industries however it is rapidly gaining momentum in many industries. “Our device is purpose built for use in complex industrial environments and remote locations, such as oil and gas, mining and health. Due to its simple operation and ability to interface with most operating systems, Fountx_AsR provides an improved safe environment for the user,” Mr Beraldo said. “Technical teams can access the guidance they need by glancing up to an above-eye display, and they can still clearly see what is right in front of them. It doesn’t affect their spatial awareness or increase cognitive load, which is a big advantage over virtual or augmented reality technology. The time and cost-saving potential of this technology was evident from the start, and we’ve now developed Fountx-AsR to the point where we believe that it is the best system of its kind in the world”.
Alongside with TAE Aerospace, Fountx last week showcased their technology to industry at the Singapore Airshow 2018, one of Asia’s largest aerospace and defence events.
ST Aerospace is one of the first organisations to look at introducing Fountx_AsR into their operations. Mr Jeffrey Lam, Chief Operating Officer of ST Aerospace, said, “As part of our continuous commitment to deliver MRO services with high standards in quality and safety, ST Aerospace been investing in Smart MRO initiatives, including digitising our hangar and shop floor operations. We are happy to work together with technology companies such as Fountx to explore how to enhance our operations with digital solutions.”
Fountx_AsR has seen major product improvement since TAE Aerospace first introduced the prototype at the Singapore Airshow 2016. Some of these include larger heat-sink with improved passive cooling capability, increased fidelity via the latest cheekbone audio system, a custom HD camera and its world leading display lens in the headset.
“Launching innovative technology into the global market would not have been possible without the support of parent company TAE Aerospace, CSIRO and a number of government agencies including Queensland Government Department of State Development (DSD), Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade),” Mr Beraldo said. “This support has greatly assisted exposure of the Fountx brand as well as introductions to potential international clients.”
CSIRO’s Science Director and Deputy Director of Manufacturing, Dr Cathy Foley, congratulated TAE Aerospace and Fountx on their partnership with Singapore’s ST Aerospace. “We’re proud to have provided the scientific, technical and logistic support that helped build this new commercial opportunity,” Dr Foley said. “TAE Aerospace and Fountx are key examples of how CSIRO is helping reinvent manufacturing in Australia. By developing and exploiting disruptive technology platforms, we’re supporting the creation of new businesses and industries for Australia and the world.”
FountxTM is a new technology company established by parent company TAE Aerospace in late 2017. TAE Aerospace was looking for an innovative solution to overcome vast distances and provide expert knowledge and skills for its clients anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. Just over two years ago TAE Aerospace became aware of advanced research being conducted at CSIRO, Australia’s national science organisation and one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world, to develop a next generation real-time telepresent interaction between individuals and teams. Under a licensing agreement and working alongside CSIRO, Fountx has commercialised a world leading assisted reality system called Fountx_AsR and is now available globally.