Zebra’s Head-Up Display Has Changed Warehousing Forever

We’re in an unprecedented time of public health and workplace challenges, but sometimes there’s a positive news story amidst all the risk and worry.

That’s the case with Zebra’s groundbreaking HD4000 head-up wearable display, a head-mounted device that’s helping warehouse workers achieve new levels of productivity and efficiency at a crucial time for moving goods and helping the global economy recover.

The idea behind the technology is simple. Warehouse workers often spend hours of their day looking at a mobile device screen to access order picking information and item locations, and to confirm barcode scanning results.

This means they often have to interrupt or delay tasks while they interact with their device. This eats up time and consumes minutes and hours over the course of a work day and work week. It often causes neck strain and other ergonomic issues as well.

To address these problems, Zebra developed the industry-first HD4000 head-mounted display, which puts information in front of workers’ eyes without them having to look down at a device screen and without distracting them from the task at hand.

The HD4000 is a lightweight and see-through optical display that’s as easy to wear as a pair of glasses. It weighs just 1.06 ounces (30 grams) and can be put on or taken off in a split second.

The HD4000 boosts task efficiency and accuracy by overlaying the most relevant contextual information over a worker’s real-time field of view. The head-up display provides visible information and helps them keep their hands and eyes free to focus on tasks instead of interacting with mobile apps on a mobile computer to access the same data.

Developed in collaboration with Six15 Technologies, Zebra’s display provides unmatched color, contrast and image clarity while minimizing eye fatigue with a focal distance optimized for head-mounted applications.

The HD4000 also includes a built-in 5 megapixel camera for image capture as well as a head tracker to improve human-computer interaction by monitoring the user’s head position and orientation. There’s also a built-in microphone for voice communications.

The HD4000 is engineered for comfort, with a fully adjustable frame mount that fits practically any worker. It also accommodates left and right eye use, a wide range of inter-pupillary distance positioning, and even prescription glasses. You can also change from right eye to left eye in seconds, so workers can avoid eye strain and enjoy a comfortable, all-day viewing experience.

The HD4000 connects to Zebra mobile computers through a simple USB cable and supports host device connectivity for Android (5.0 and higher) and Windows 10. It doesn’t require a battery since it draws power from a mobile computer, and since it uses less than one watt of power, there’s little impact on the host device battery.

Most Zebra mobile device batteries are hot-swappable, so you can keep both your device and head-mounted display running 24/7. And the HD4000 also uses the host device’s Wi-Fi or cellular radio via the USB 2.0 connection.

Zebra’s HD4000 is a rugged device, with IP67 sealing against dust and water, and a 5-foot (1 meter) drop specification. It’s virtually impervious to dust and can survive a hose down and complete immersion in water. It also features a hygienic and germ-resistant design, and it’s easily mounted to commercial, off-the-shelf safety glasses with no tools required.


To learn more about the HD4000 head-up display, how it can be used in your warehouse, and how it can interface and integrate with your applications and other devices, visit our Zebra HD4000 product page and use the contact form to arrange a discovery call.

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