So far, the people who are really using mixed reality headsets like Microsoft’s Hololens are in industry, which is why an integrated hard hat was so keenly-awaited.
Aviad Almagor is director of the mixed-reality program at land survey and construction company Trimble, which has been working with Microsoft.
Almagor worked with an architect in California who was presenting the redesign of the abandoned Packard plant in Detroit at the Venice Biennale design festival in Italy.
“It’s a project that’s half a mile long, it’s got pretty complex geography; it’s in several segments, all of which are complex spaces,” said Almagor. “With mixed reality, you can move from the tabletop scale view, which helps you understand the relationships between the different segments in the project, to full immersive view at a one to one scale.”