When you’re on the job, you often require the use of both hands to complete a specific task. And when you’re using remote assistance, setting the phone down could mean losing the collaboration of a remote expert. That’s when having mobile hands-free options becomes important.
Today, we’ll highlight several mobile hands-free options for technicians that use remote collaboration software regularly. Each of these options can allow an individual to receive continuous help from a remote expert without having to hold a device at the same time.
5. LISEN Phone Stand
This smartphone stand is perfect for repairs that are being done near an elevated surface. The height can be raised to a maximum of 8.5 inches, and the angle of the stand can adjust between 5 degrees and 85 degrees. The back and bottom of the phone holder are designed to hold the phone firmly.
This stand is great for fixes in an environment where there are lots of flat, elevated surfaces, like a home or office. However, it has stability issues when put on uneven ground, and it often has trouble getting into tough-to-reach angles.
4. B-Land Cell Phone Holder
Marketed for its flexibility, this smartphone holder is extremely versatile. Designed to be compatible with any phone between 2.2 and 3.3 inches wide, this product covers every major flagship phone. The main selling point is that it can be adjusted to fit almost any hands-free situation.
This flexible stand can go a lot more places than the LISEN stand, but it doesn’t have the same heavy base to prevent it from falling over. Use this stand if you have to place your video feed on uneven terrain.
3. Lamicall Gooseneck Mount
This unique smartphone mount puts your desk in a vice grip on one end and holds your phone with the other. The flexible mount arm allows you to position your phone in whatever way is best for you.
This mount is a fantastic option if you spend a lot of time working at a table or other flat surface with an overhang. Due to how the clamp works, however, it can’t attach onto any table thicker than 2.5 inches, and there aren’t other ways to secure the mount. Leave this one at home if you are heading to an outdoor jobsite.
2. GoWith Magnetic Cell Phone Holder
If you need to regularly show a repair job from different angles, this might be the option for you. There are two things we really like about this smartphone holder:
- The device can be worn around your neck and allows you to keep your phone focused on the repair job.
- The magnetic connection lets you easily remove the device when you need to show the remote technician a different angle.
This is the first wearable device on this list. This ensures that your camera always points at what you are looking at. The stiff arms of the stand hold the device firmly in place while the padded portion is designed to be worn around the neck of the operator. However, torso movement will throw off the video feed as the mount moves with you. A great wearable option, but not particularly helpful if your work requires you to bend down or twist into tight corners.
1. Smart Glasses
Augmented reality or AR smart glasses are the ultimate solution when you need to be hands-free in the field. Instead of having to point a smartphone at an area, all you need to do is put on the smart glasses.
Help Lightning software works natively on several leading smart glasses, which means they are zero hassle to set up. They’re also lightweight and comfortable, making them perfect for someone who needs regular remote assistance. Wearable tech means your hands are completely free to work, and the eye mounted camera means that you always know what kind of view your technician is getting. The very best choice on this list, if you can afford the highest-end tech.
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Find the Right Mobile Hands-Free Options for You
Ultimately, when you need mobile hands-free options, augmented reality glasses seem like the way to go. However, the glasses are a tough sell for a smaller company. If you don’t have room for the smart glasses in the budget, consider a smartphone holder with a flexible mount.