March 9, 2021

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How mixed reality (and Hololens) boosted productivity at Lockheed Martin

Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author. Combined truth (MR) in the consumer industry...

Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.

Combined truth (MR) in the consumer industry has been fewer than interesting, but it is been a major hit in business — especially in producing and coaching. Lockheed Martin was one particular of the initial organizations to embrace this technological innovation (together with other aerospace firms like Boeing). In a presentation this 7 days, Lockheed Martin execs explained the place the technological innovation — which relies on Hololens — labored and the place it could function in the potential as it evolves. They also contrasted HoloLens I and II, declaring the latter was far a lot more valuable above a a lot more extended time.   

The presentation revolved all around the Orion Launch Platform’s assembly and reminded me of a story I listened to from a professor who labored on the Atlas Launch system. In his time, spaceships ended up triple redundant. The assembly crew would get three sections for every single central procedure. If the initial section unsuccessful the test, they’d go to the next section if it unsuccessful, they’d go to the 3rd and if it unsuccessful, they’d put in the initial section, relying on the redundant units in case of failure in flight. (That was the instantaneous I stopped wishing I ended up an astronaut.) I necessarily mean, what if it was a design failure? 

As for Lockheed Martin, officials indicated that since the rollout of HoloLens, the units that employed it have experienced zero failures.  So let’s chat about how the company reduced producing overhead by up to 99% in processes the place HoloLens was employed successfully. 

Wherever HoloLens wasn’t employed

One of the a lot more attention-grabbing sections of the presentation concentrated on the place the MR technological innovation wasn’t employed and carried out inadequately. Collaboration has long been thought as a organic space for MR, but Lockheed did not mention this use. That is probable for the reason that, despite the potential, we have not been performing from property long more than enough, nor have the MR controls and practical experience superior more than enough to satisfy the substantial anticipations for this technological innovation. The expectation is that meetings would be just like remaining there in true existence. But MR presently falls nicely limited of that instruments these as Microsoft Groups are progressively found as suitable for replacing in-particular person meetings — and they don’t nevertheless use combined truth. I’d hope this to transform above time, but digital space meetings are now a lot more of a novelty than a true solution. 

Peripheral eyesight constraints, both of those horizontal and vertical, limit the adoption of this technological innovation in two distinctive places: workbench assembly, the place an employee wants to see details screens earlier mentioned their workspace, requiring a greater vertical industry of perspective, and total simulations (these as battlefield simulations) that involve both of those vertical and horizontal perspective enhancements for improved immersion. The trainee wants to master to scan their surroundings for threats, and they can not have their central eyesight obscured by nearly anything.    

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