Updated: 25th February 2018

Hololens is Your Next Big Disruptor in Mobile Barcode Scanning

Why Hololens is Your Next Major Disruptor in Mobile Barcode Scanning

Posted 28 Dec 16 at 18:00h in Design, Events & Tradeshows by Dan Berthiaume

Scandit launched on the notion of exploiting the disruptive potential of this smartphone distribute and to catch information. The smartphone has turned into an perfect platform for exploiting information included in barcodes, QR codes along with other formats that are offline. We have steadily expanded our assortment of scanning apparatus to add emerging cellular form factors such as pills, wearables, intelligent eyewear, drones, and even robots.

Now Scandit is turning our focus to a new emerging technologies — Microsoft HoloLens. This holographic computer program features see-through, holographic, high profile lenses along with spatial audio so users can see and hear holograms in the physical world. HoloLens is not yet in widespread usage. However, we think the technology will have a big impact on the future of mobile barcode scanning and data capture.

How HoloLens Will Evolve Data Capture
A number of information capture usage cases for HoloLens come in your mind. As an example, a warehouse associate using a HoloLens headset might be directed using virtual markers to the appropriate products. They can then utilize the HoloLens camera to get hands-free scanning. HoloLens may also indicate where a product ought to be placed once it is scanned, or send extra info about scanned objects.

In addition, augmented reality overlays can provide help to area engineers and quality assurance personnel. A thing in need of repair might have a hologram signaling the location and nature of the issue. Or support personnel could be shown the correct outlet to get a disconnected cable. When the crucial fixes have been set up, staffers can then scan confirmation using the built-in HoloLens camera.

There are still several technical issues that have to be resolved using the HoloLens platform before it can actually achieve its potential in the mobile data capture space. It currently takes a large, hefty headset. Battery life is brief, lasting about 2 hours to support a normal HoloLens augmented reality program. However, battery packs will help mitigate this situation.

In addition, the field of view to get a HoloLens headset is limited, although suitable for most scanning usage cases. Software development is complicated, with applications constructed in the Unity 3D game engine. The low-resolution HoloLens camera offers a much more limited scan array than a conventional smartphone tablet or wearable device camera.

Despite these struggles, Scandit is optimistic concerning the long-time prospects for HoloLens. That’s the reason why we are actively supporting emerging technologies efforts like the current HackZurich 2016 European hacking event. Scandit was one of the startup sponsors with a booth in the primary hall that provided hackers the chance to experience our scanning technologies firsthand with mobile devices, clever glasses and AR headsets like HoloLens.

Curious in next-generation barcode scanning with wearable apparatus? Watch our Pick by Vision video containing barcode scanning and order picking with Google Glass.