Microsoft announced the next version of HoloLens, HoloLens 2, at MWC Barcelona this week. The enterprise opportunities for augmented reality are coming into view more crisply and with faster refresh than ever.
One of the most intriguing announcements of the day is a version of HoloLens 2 for your hardhat. Microsoft partner Trimble, a civil engineering and construction company, seems to know a little bit about hardhats, as well as a little bit about helping their customer envision what will be built.
This image of the HoloLens 2 equipment, modified to snap on top and over what looks to be a standard-sized hardhat could be the next piece of equipment that is standard on every job site. the HoloLens 2 viewer appears to be able to swing up, as well, for when it is not needed, and swings back down into place, just as night vision viewfinders would on a solider.
It probably wouldn’t take too much, actually, for the HoloLens 2 to add infrared and night vision to its capabilities. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if that is a premium plan license for the HoloLens 2 within the next six months. 🙂
I look forward to helping enterprise customers learn how to view their data and engage their employees and customers in new ways and from new perspectives, using HoloLens 2.