With today’s announcement that Microsoft is now shipping HoloLens 2, we are thrilled to unveil Skylight support for Mixed Reality on the hotly awaited new HoloLens. Over the past year we have worked closely with Microsoft to refine Skylight’s mixed reality experience to take advantage of HoloLens 2’s unique capabilities, and deliver a solution that enables faster and more productive work.
What’s New with HoloLens 2
HoloLens 2 is a big step forward from its predecessor in display, sensing and comfort. The second-generation design is smaller, lighter and more balanced with the center of gravity near the center of your head, making it wearable for extended periods of work. The front visor also flips up so you can look directly at something without having to take off the headset. This is an important safety feature that allows your hands-on workers to maximize visibility when moving in and around dangerous equipment and environments.
The device also incorporates improved optics which opens up new use cases that work better with an expanded field-of-view (FOV). HoloLens 2 doubles the FOV providing a more immersive and natural experience.
HoloLens 2 also introduces a completely redesigned interaction method. You can interact with virtual objects in the same way you do real ones. More precise hand-tracking and eye-tracking allows you to touch, grab, press and point to interact with any virtual surface. You can also use voice commands for quicker navigation.
Skylight for HoloLens 2
Upskill’s mixed reality application, Skylight for HoloLens, works seamlessly with any existing Skylight solution. It has been reimagined to tap into the new capabilities offered by HoloLens 2, including the ability to:
- Spatially position content from Skylight applications to create an optimal workspace and quickly cross-reference multiple sources of information at once
- View large-format documents such as engineering drawings, schematics and work instructions more easily and clearly
- Capture high-definition photos and videos as a part of a procedure to document exceptions or completed work
- Utilize existing documents and media in their native formats without content conversion or complex 3D scene authoring
We see Skylight for HoloLens 2 best utilized for complex assembly and maintenance procedures. Skylight can be integrated with MES systems and dynamically trigger work instructions to the appropriate user based on a work order. Rather than constantly referring back-and-forth between paper documents and the task, hands-on workers can use HoloLens 2 with Skylight to position critical information within their line-of-sight. Metadata and media can also be captured along with the task and stored back in the MES for record-keeping and analytics.
Skylight for HoloLens 2 is also a powerful tool for on-the-job training. You can use Skylight Application Builder to quickly author and deploy training content to workers that is spatially positioned along-side the step they are performing.
Our vision is to enable our customers to deliver solutions with the best experience for the job, whether that be a mixed reality experience with HoloLens 2, an assisted reality experience with smart glasses or a handheld experience with smartphones or tablets. We’ve developed Skylight to support multiple experiences so that you can utilize a single platform to meet the needs of all hands-on workers, both now and in the future.
Skylight for HoloLens 2 is available for download now for existing Skylight customers and can be downloaded in the Microsoft Store.