At the Future Decoded Conference in London, Microsoft today talked about the Microsoft HoloLens. The company is pushing the device into more countries. The HoloLens is currently available in 10 countries and is soon coming to 29 new European markets.
Furthermore, Microsoft is also expanding the enterprise capabilities. They see the HoloLens as an useful device for Information and First Line Workers who are the first points of contact between a company and the world it serves. First Line Workers are often the first to represent a company, to engage customers and to see products and services in action.
With basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94,3 and EN 16, the HoloLens is now even more suitable for this role. It has been tested as protective eyewear in North America and Europe. The device has also been tested and rated IP50 which means that it can perform as dust protected which is a very important scenario for many First Line Workers.
Starting next year, Microsoft will also make a HoloLens hard hat accessory available so that workers can benefit from even more protection.
The HoloLens helps many company within different scenarios:
- Remote Assist – Collaborating with a remote expert to accomplish real tasks, in real spaces, in real-time.
- Training – Creating customized first-person perspective training manuals and step-by-step instructions on new products, processes, and equipment.
- Design – Being able to plan and layout space, collaborate with others, and walk through designs in the real world without costly physical build outs.
- 3D in Office – Collaborating with easy 3D content integration. This is the same 3D content that we will see bridge from PC screens to full mixed reality experiences.
- Mixed Reality Meetings – Team members are looking to be able to join others in real-time or asynchronously, bring in 2D and 3D content, with flexibility to change the location at any time.
- Mixed Reality Data & Analytics – Information workers are gaining access to content in a heads-up, hands-free way, that is contextually and spatially relevant.
Companies like ThyssenKrupp, Ford and Stryker are using Mixed Reality to create and innovate.
- Ford – who are reinventing the way they do product design by blending 3D holograms digitally with both clay models and physical production vehicles.
- thyssenkrupp – who have found ways to dramatically decrease operational costs with remote assist and training.
- Stryker – who has set out to improve the process for designing operating rooms for hospitals and surgery centers.
Microsoft has shared more information about the HoloLens here.