06/03/2021

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

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

Disclosure: Microsoft is a consumer of the author.

Mixed reality (MR) in the client industry has been fewer than thrilling, but it’s been a massive hit in enterprise — especially in producing and instruction. Lockheed Martin was just one of the initial providers to embrace this technologies (along with other aerospace companies like Boeing). In a presentation this week, Lockheed Martin execs described the place the technologies — which relies on Hololens — worked and the place it could do the job in the long term as it evolves. They also contrasted HoloLens I and II, saying the latter was considerably additional useful more than a additional extended time.   

The presentation revolved all around the Orion Launch Platform’s assembly and reminded me of a tale I heard from a professor who worked on the Atlas Launch platform. In his time, spaceships were being triple redundant. The assembly team would get three elements for each individual central process. If the initial portion unsuccessful the examination, they’d go to the next portion if it unsuccessful, they’d go to the third and if it unsuccessful, they’d install the initial portion, relying on the redundant units in scenario of failure in flight. (That was the instant I stopped wishing I were being an astronaut.) I suggest, what if it was a structure failure? 

As for Lockheed Martin, officials indicated that considering the fact that the rollout of HoloLens, the units that made use of it have had zero failures.  So let’s chat about how the firm lowered producing overhead by up to 99% in procedures the place HoloLens was made use of productively. 

Wherever HoloLens was not made use of

Just one of the additional interesting elements of the presentation centered on the place the MR technologies was not made use of and done improperly. Collaboration has extended been imagined as a normal spot for MR, but Lockheed did not mention this use. That’s most likely mainly because, irrespective of the opportunity, we have not been operating from residence extended ample, nor have the MR controls and encounter superior ample to satisfy the higher expectations for this technologies. The expectation is that meetings would be just like getting there in real lifestyle. But MR at the moment falls perfectly small of that applications these kinds of as Microsoft Groups are significantly observed as suitable for replacing in-individual meetings — and they do not yet use combined reality. I’d anticipate this to modify more than time, but digital house meetings are now additional of a novelty than a real answer. 

Peripheral eyesight limits, each horizontal and vertical, limit the adoption of this technologies in two distinctive spots: workbench assembly, the place an employee wants to see details screens higher than their workspace, demanding a higher vertical discipline of check out, and full simulations (these kinds of as battlefield simulations) that have to have each vertical and horizontal check out enhancements for far better immersion. The trainee wants to study to scan their ecosystem for threats, and they just cannot have their central eyesight obscured by nearly anything.    

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