Trimble Buildings releases HoloLens 2 solution for front-line workers

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Construction technology provider Trimble Buildings has released the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 system, a worksite-ready mixed-reality (MR) solution that enables workers to visualise 3D data on project sites for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting.

Quick read

➨ Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 is an MR device purpose-built for integration into an industry-standard hardhat for use in safety-controlled environments

➨ Trimble Connect for HoloLens is a cloud-based software that allows for open and collaborative communication

➨ The solution is aimed at front-line workers in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining industries

The story

The new solution is comprised of Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2, a MR device purpose-built for integration into an industry-standard hardhat for use in safety-controlled environments.

Trimble Connect for HoloLens, a cloud-based software that allows for open and collaborative communication across all stakeholder types, optimised to maximise the benefits of Microsoft’s flagship MR device.

Aimed at front-line workers in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining industries, the Trimble XR10 includes all of the new functionality of HoloLens 2, including a flip-up-visor, wider field-of-view and more instinctual interaction enabled by hand-tracking technology.

The XR10 enables users to overlay constructible building information models (BIM) and other digital project data onto the physical context of the jobsite.

Trimble has incorporated Mobilus’s mobiWAN bone conduction audio headset for a fully immersive experience in the field.

The XR10’s ear-free approach of the Mobilus device delivers a layer of digital audio content directly to the inner ear while leaving the ears free to receive audio from the physical world or to be protected by earplugs.

With mobiWAN audio output and the HoloLens’ advanced array of microphones, the system is capable of two-way communications and video remote assistance in high-ambient noise environments.

Trimble Connect for HoloLens, meanwhile, is an application-specific extension to Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform designed to improve the coordination of constructible 3D models and their associated data.

The HoloLens extension provides users of the Trimble XR10 with enhanced, actionable collaboration of this same data in the MR environment. New additions to Trimble Connect for HoloLens include step-by-step guidance for complex tasks and assigning to-do tasks and requests for information to other stakeholders.

Commenting on the launch of the new solution, Martin Holmgren, general manager of field solutions at Trimble Buildings, said: “Mixed reality is playing a key role in the digital transformation process by improving the understanding and communication of complex spatial conditions through a truly immersive experience. We are excited for this latest integration and expansion of our collaboration with Microsoft that provides field-oriented workflows leveraging constructible 3D models and mixed reality to facilitate daily work tasks.”

The Trimble XR10 for HoloLens 2 will begin shipping next month. Trimble Buildings is accepting orders online and through its reseller network.

An updated version of Trimble Connect for HoloLens will be available in the Microsoft HoloLens app store on 2 December.

Image credit: Trimble Buildings