Fixing elevators and planning stair lifts might seem rather humdrum activities, but both have become unlikely testing grounds for Microsoft’s cutting edge augmented reality technology.
Lift company Thyssenkrupp has been using Microsoft’s HoloLens technology in these two areas for a number of months now.
It may not be the most glamorous deployment for the technology, which uses the screen of the headset to mix digital objects into the user’s field of vision. The practice is usually known as augmented reality (AR), although Microsoft prefers the term ‘mixed reality’ for its headset.
But that’s perhaps the point. Until now, much of the attention has been on the gaming and entertainment potential of virtual reality (VR). VR headsets block out the outside world entirely to allow users to focus on battling robots or aliens, for example.