With HoloLens and its company-focused software productions, Microsoft continues to impress companies that seem to adopt an enhanced reality with Toyota Motor Corporation among the latest.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Nikkei Asian Review
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The company also published a video showing how automaker implements device and its Dynamics 365 series of expanded reality apps.
"I researched AR technicians. Then I learned about HoloLens from Microsoft. I was surprised to let us do things we've never done before," says Kayano Koichi, Toyota Project Manager for 3D data utilization and Leader of the company's AR / VR / MR efforts for automotive digital engineering. "For example, the thickness of the coating inspects. Previously, this work took two people all day, they had to cut paper and hold them in the car. But with HoloLens, one person can do it in two hours. It has revolutionized the way we work."
According to Koichi, Toyota is also testing Layout and Remote Assist applications for HoloLens. With layout, engineers can determine if equipment, such as large laser welding machines, fits into the proposed location. Even via remote testers, construction workers can call colleagues for help and share their real-time view.
"HoloLens is more than a technology that shows data, it's a device that allows mixed reality," said Koichi. "We are convinced that HoloLens will dramatically change how we work and we will continue to find more ways to use it."
Should Toyota choose To go to full deployment by HoloLens, the company would join as Ford, Volvo and Renault Trucks, several major automakers who have adopted HoloLens in its design and production.
As for the Dynamics 365 Series of Enhanced Reality apps, Microsoft has already made believers from Chevron. Similarly, the aerospace department of the German engineering group thyssen group and German auto-party producer ZF Group are included among the previous adopters of the Layout and Remote Assist applications for HoloLens.
Nadella also noted that Microsoft has added Japanese entrepreneur Komatsu and furniture retailer Nitori among their HoloLen customers.
"It does not matter if you are a bank," said Nadella. "It does not matter if you are in retail or in the automotive industry. Everyone is in the software company and in the digital business forward."
Competing against software developers like Atheer, DAQRI, RELE # 1, Scope AR, Vuforia, Upskill and Ubimax and smartglasses manufacturers like DAQRI, Epson, Google, ODG, Olympus and Vuzix, Microsoft continues to bend its muscles in the competitive business space and pick up some high-quality customers like Toyota along the way.