MWC 2019: Trimble Announces New Hard Hat Compatible Mixed Reality Device with Microsoft HoloLens 2

Trimble HoloLens 2 Device
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Trimble, a California-based developer of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and software processing tools, announced a new wearable hard hat compatible device to improve worker safety. The Trimble® XR10 with HoloLens 2 will enable workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite. Trimble made the announcement with Microsoft at MWC Barcelona.

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The Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 integrates the latest spatial computing technology into a certified solution for use with a hard hat for worker safety. With a wider field-of-view, improved usability and a unique, flip-up viewscreen, the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 combines state-of-the-art mixed reality and safe operation in restricted access work areas, said a press release.

Front-line workers will be able to have greater accessibility to 3D models with the full solution. Field-oriented workflows enable broad adoption of mixed-reality for jobsite activities to improve efficiency, productivity and quality of work. Trimble Connect™ for HoloLens is a cloud-based collaboration platform, which the companies are continuously developing to enable field workers to get more value from constructible 3D models and transform daily work such as assembly and inspections.

HoloLens 2 for 3D design
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“Microsoft has provided both the vision and execution needed to stay at the forefront of the mixed-reality evolution,” said Aviad Almagor, director of Trimble’s Mixed-Reality Program. “We’re excited to extend our collaboration with Microsoft in producing a safety-first mixed-reality solution that can be used in production environments such as construction, where workers are building, monitoring and inspecting products and services that deliver tangible value every day.”

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Alex Kipman, technical fellow, AI and Mixed Reality at Microsoft, believes interactions with holographic content has inspired visualization, collaboration, and production workflows in enterprise markets. “For people that spend their days on the work site, the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 and Trimble’s portfolio of software unlocks the power of mixed-reality to help them get more work done,” Kipman said.