Microsoft Takes Augmented Reality Deeper with HoloLens 2, Kinect Dev Kit
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“HoloLens 2 sets the new standard for comfort in mixed reality headsets,” Kipman said.
The launch signals Microsoft’s plans to expand its investment in HoloLens, which the company first demonstrated in early 2015, at the same time Google suspended sales of Google Glass, which was in beta for two years at the time.
Google Glass, which was marketed for consumers, from the outset was criticized because of privacy concerns. In contrast, Microsoft launched HoloLens as an industrial-grade, mixed-reality headset that enables 3-D experiences.
HoloLens and Kinect have become key components of Microsoft’s strategy to enable AI using 3-D augmented reality, making it easier for simulation in functions such as manufacturing, health care and architecture, among others.
Microsoft’s HoloLens came to market as a developer edition in mid-2016. Various customers, including BMW, Boeing and Virgin Atlantic. have tested or implemented it for specialized use cases Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a solution developed by partner Novarad, for use in presurgical planning.
“Our success lies in the success of our partners and customers and our ecosystem,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at Sunday’s HoloLens 2 launch event. “This requires that we collectively move from being just passive consumers of technology to active producers of technology; we create technology so on customers can build their own technology.”
Partner Enablement and Ecosystem
During the hour-long presentation and demo, Kipman demonstrated the new HoloLens 2 with various partners, including PTC and Trimble, and emphasized the opportunity for partners. Trimble, which last year announced its XR10 hard hat, says it will use HoloLens 2 to provide access to holographic 3-D information at construction sites.
At MWC, Trimble vice president Roz Buick joined Kipman on stage to explain how the XR10 can both improve construction activities and safety.
“The XR10 lets architects, engineers and contractors bring the 3-D constructible model detail and process all the way from office to field and onto the tool, so now you can visualize and build exactly what you want,” Buick said.
- Dynamics Remote Assist, the aforementioned-mixed reality communications app which will let repair and support technicians use HoloLens or Android mobile devices to share what they see, including schematics and other documentation with those in remote locations to troubleshoot issues with improved context. It’s compatible with Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Dynamics 365 for Field Service and Power BI.
- Dynamics 365 Layout, designed to improve business processes, such as the layout of digital twins of equipment on a manufacturing floor for safety and process verification, and creating training using augmented reality with holographic computing gear.
- Dynamics 365 Guides, a mixed reality tool designed to provide training by providing 3-D visualization, documentation and instructions while employees are working on tasks.
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