Saturday, June 23, 2018

Hololens Update

Later this year. MVIS has "advanced ToF" sensors, and the best near-eye displays.

While this article states that it's at least through the second version, I have zero doubts about the future of the technology.

There are three reasons for zero doubts: 

1) Absolutely incredible gaming. (You think Pokemon Go got big?)
2) Amazing increase in productivity (From Here)
3) Training and education opportunity

Mixed Reality. 

Kipman on Hololens

Kinect lives: the Kinect for Azure. Microsoft’s latest take on Kinect is a connected device with onboard compute, access to Azure AI, an advanced time of flight (ToF) sensor, RGB camera, 360-degree mic array, and accelerometer. Microsoft asks developers to use it and help build an ambient intelligence.

Kipman told the audience that the HoloLens lived a perilous existence throughout its early development, which began back in 2007. He said the period between 2010 and 2016 in its incubation period was the most dangerous. “HoloLens was always on the chopping block,” but Kipman now sees that process as a necessary part of product development. The HoloLens developers had to fight for their project every day, said Kipman.

Today, the HoloLens is assured life through at least a second version. While Kipman was speaking at LiveWorx, rumors about the due date for the HoloLens 2 leaked out of Microsoft HQ. It is said, the lighter and less expensive version will be announced later this year and will arrive in 2019. It’s also being reported that the HoloLens 2 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 processor. This processor has already been picked up by HTC for their Vive; Pico (which debuted its Neo headset at E3), and Vuzix.

Pokemon Go Reminder

Increased productivity

Elevator Maintenance

The new face of reliable elevator maintenance

The building manager is anxious – she wants an update. In front of the elevator she finds a technician, a metallic band and shaded glasses partially covering his face, he moves his hands through empty space. Wait – are we in a film? No. This is the real-life story of modern service, coming soon to an elevator near you.
The technician wears Microsoft HoloLens, mixed-reality glasses. This new tool places all the data culled using digital technology directly at the disposal of over 24,000 service engineers. Linked with the Azure IoT-enabled predictive maintenance service MAX, HoloLens will fully bring elevator maintenance services into a new era of optimal reliability.

A virtual desktop in the office and on-site

With HoloLens, the work begins even before arrival on site. As soon as the glasses are on, the technician sees from where a service request has come. A 3-D picture of the elevator pops up. Parts can be enlarged and looked at from all angles, so it is possible to immediately visualize and identify problems.
Once on site, the HoloLens displays a virtual desktop with an overview of the task orders, the latest safety alerts and the historical notes on what has happened with the elevator before. And with the laptop a thing of the past, it all happens hands-free, allowing a unique freedom of movement and safety.
Even a video call can be voice activated, so another engineer can remotely view what the technician is seeing on site, and they can discuss a solution together.


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