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Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2
In addition to allowing users to view 3-D objects from any
angle, the HoloLens 2 integrates with other mixed-reality
services. Although not integral to the function of the device,
Dynamics 365 Remote Assist will be offered in a bundle with
the HoloLens 2 when it is released. Dynamics 365 Remote
Assist allows HoloLens 2 users to collaborate with workers in
remote locations by sharing what they see. Remote experts
can thus take a real-time look at problems to help technicians
solve issues they come across while working on a job. Items
such as schematics and diagrams can also be called up to help
complete tasks efficiently.
Companies outside of Microsoft are also already producing
apps and software that integrate with the HoloLens 2. Among
them is Bentley Systems, Inc., which was chosen by
Microsoft as a mixed-reality partner representing architecture,
engineering, and construction (AEC). Bentley’s SYNCHRO XR
is an app that allows users to see four-dimensional (4-D)
project digital twins through the HoloLens 2. A look-ahead
(animations of the scheduled work) can be simulated in the
physical space a project will occupy, allowing users to
visualize the end result of their upcoming labor. Holograms
can be viewed at real scale or table scale, and users can
interact with and manipulate them collaboratively.
To view a 4-D model with SYNCHRO XR through the
HoloLens 2, users must use SYNCHRO Workgroup Project,
a database server that stores models in the cloud and allows
multiple users to edit the models. More information on
SYNCHRO XR can be found at www.synchroltd.com/
Beyond releasing apps and software, some companies are
taking advantage of the Microsoft HoloLens Customization
Program, which allows the HoloLens 2 to be customized to
meet the needs of different industries and environments.
Trimble was the first to announce the release of such a
customized product: the Trimble® XR10 with HoloLens 2, a
hard hat-compatible device that provides the same benefits of
the HoloLens 2 while offering safety on a jobsite. The XR10
has a wider field of view than the HoloLens 2 as well as a
flip-up viewscreen. Additionally, the integrated cloud-based
platform Trimble Connect™ for HoloLens offers users
up-to-date holographic data and models that can be precisely
aligned with the physical environment, and its two-way
communication allows collaboration with remote users,
keeping all stakeholders informed of a project’s progress. For
further information, visit http://mixedreality.trimble.com.
Visit www.microsoft.com/hololens to learn more and find
pricing and preordering information.
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