With its partnership with Microsoft, Trimble is leveraging the benefits of mixed reality with HoloLens to enable the front-line workers in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, and mining industries. Based in Sunnyvale, California, Trimble develops construction technology and provides hardware and software solutions to the construction industry.
To enhance planning and project management, the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within the construction industry has been increasing for a while, and the companies are now looking to up the ante with mixed reality. Trimble’s work with HoloLens fits into the larger construction ecosystem since any 3D BIM model can be transferred to the Trimble XR10.
The Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 was the first device created with the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program and was first teased at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona last year.
Trimble’s hard hat solution for Microsoft HoloLens leverages the benefits of mixed reality into areas where increased safety requirements are mandated. The company claims that the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 is the only HoloLens 2 solution compatible with an industry-standard hardhat and certified for use in safety-controlled environments. It is IP50 rated for dust protection and is compatible with standard third-party accessories like earmuffs, chin straps, et al.
The device leverages the new functionality introduced with HoloLens 2. The flip-up visor helps with the increased wearability. The XR10 offers a 43° field-of-view and improved hand and eye-tracking sensors for automatic calibration and instinctual interaction with menus and holograms. The software – Trimble Connect for HoloLens – enables workers to go beyond the constraints of a 2D screen and improves building coordination by combining models from multiple stakeholders such as structural, mechanical, and electrical trade partners. It provides for precise alignment of holographic data and digital models on a 1:1 scale overlaid onto the real world at the worksite. This allows workers to review models in the context of the physical environment and use gestures, gaze, and voice commands to navigate and control the presented content.
When the original HoloLens was first unveiled in 2015, Trimble was one of the first companies to get on board and has collaborated with several leading architectures, engineering, and construction companies to explore real-world applications of the technology.