Updated: 25th April 2018

Using HoloLens for Layout and Asset Visualization

Just because there’s a disconnect in designing three-dimensional structures and distances on two-dimensional displays — and in executing and arranging 2D layouts in actual space — there’s a disconnect from carrying multiple data collections and real-time information streams in various formats and trying to identify insights and patterns to employ in the actual world. Architects and designers have been first-movers when it comes to using Augmented and Virtual Reality engineering in the design process; but there are other professions that involve digesting complex advice, understanding complex situations and environments, and planning with moving components. Below are three business situations where Microsoft’s HoloLens Mixed Truth headset is currently used as a design and asset/data visualization tool:


Workspace layouts (office room, shop floor, job website, shop…)

Polamer Precision, an aerospace manufacturer, has been using Microsoft’s HoloLens Mixed Reality headset to map out its production “cell” design. In Mixed Truth, users may test out positions for workstations along with tooling and be sure that forklifts and other equipment will have space to function. Imagine walking into a real-world environment like a job site — maybe the website changes with every job — and having the ability to view holograms of those vehicles, machines, resources and individual workers that will need to be brought on site to find the job finished. It takes the guess work from this planning procedure and helps prevent expensive delays.

Stryker is another firm using HoloLens in this manner–in hospitals. The medical device firm sells equipment such as hospital operating rooms, so assisting its customers figure to make state-of-the-art ORs.

In a regular hospital, multiple practitioners from different areas that are surgical share a single OR. Figuring out the best way to set up the equipment is not only about fitting each of the items into the space; the design also has to be practical for every doctor (and nurse) who will need to move around and function there, not to mention safe to patients.

Instead of having all stakeholders present to perform this out or moving around heavy (and expensive) equipment to test out various configurations, Stryker has already been using HoloLens and its By Design applications to build and alter possible OR situations with holograms. AR attracts Stryker’s portfolio of electronic 3D resources to life, allowing for greater and faster collaboration.


Fiscal planning

When you listen to “wearable technology in banking,” you probably think about contactless payments; but financial services companies are exploring Augmented Reality for wealth management and the trading space, as a tool for interacting with large quantities of complex information and advising customers. In Spring 2016, Citi — working with 8Ninths — became the first bank to reveal some proof of concept to AR in stock trading.

In the YouTube demo, you see that a Citi dealer no longer confined to the trading desk. He assesses the news on the conventional 2D monitors that flank his workstation before placing on HoloLens. Utilizing the Forex tools through voice commands, ” he “sees and immediately assesses a dynamic, 3D visual picture of what’s happening in the industry at the moment.” Noticing a great deal of activity he’s got an idea to get a transaction that he shares liberally with a customer.

In Mixed Truth, the Citi dealer is much better able to track, analyze and control real-time marketplace news and trends, offers and bids, etc. unimpaired by a deficiency of display real estate. It’s digital benefitting–out of 6-8 monitors writing a typical trader’s workspace to two monitors and a headset opening up a whole interactive trading globe.

Annually following Citi’s demo, FlexTrade, also a provider of execution and order management trading systems, announced its augmented reality trading software for HoloLens. The app, called FlexAR, offered “a new means of imagining and presenting trading,” using an interactive order blotter, trade ticket, and charting. Dealers could produce faster and better data-driven decisions by seeing and interacting with stock prices, volume, profit and loss, along with other sophisticated data in a digital space. AI would incorporate information, bringing up information about a business or trade into account and identifying elements like price or volume changes in real time. Lately, FlexTrade found Virtual Reality too immersive for the usage case.


A holistic view of business operations

Air transport IT provider SITA, with Helsinki Airport, has been exploring the capacity of Mixed Reality for airlines and airports. In a study, SITA Lab mimicked the airport operational management center (AOCC) in MR, interfacing multiple information sources to produce a unique and dynamic, 3D perspective of Helsinki Airport’s operations. Operators wearing HoloLens could see and socialize with all dashboards of real-time operational data like passenger location, security wait times, airport statuses, gate info and retail analytics; correlating events to obtain insights for better managing the airport operations.


These examples show possibilities for HoloLens beyond a machine overlay for training and maintenance. In ever-changing environments like active hospitals and airports, Augmented Truth is superior to the 2D tools we currently use to view (and make decisions about) complex situations with a lot of moving components. And for managing the complexity of information which makes up the area of banking and finance, AR is a unparalleled medium that turns data points into electronic content with which users could engage.

The 5th yearly  Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit8, the top event for business wearables,will take place October 9-10, 2018 at The Fairmont in Austin, TX. EWTS is where enterprises visit innovate with body, AR/VR/MR the hottest including screens- and – apparatus, and even exoskeletons. For information, ancient confirmed speakers and preliminary schedule, please stay tuned to the conference website.


Augmented World Expo (AWE,) that the world’s largest conference and expo devoted to Augmented and Virtual Reality, is occurring May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Now in its 9th season, AWE USA is the destination for  press, designers, developers , creative services, futurists, analysts, investors and CXOs expertise the very exciting industry of our times and to learn, inspire, spouse.

Photo credit: dalbera HoloLens, le casque de réalité mixte de Microsoft (Futur en Seine 2016 Off, Paris) through (permit)