I am excited about where Microsoft is moving with Mixed Reality. The Microsoft Business Applications Group has brought Mixed Reality under its umbrella as part of the Dynamics 365 Suite of products. We are moving into a very interesting time where we are able to interact with ideas using technology, as well as overlaying the physical world with digital information.
Mixed Reality vs Virtual Reality
What is Mixed Reality and how is it different from Virtual Reality?
Mixed reality is overlaying the physical world with data. For example, it enables holograms. Imagine a shared room where everybody can enter the same virtual holographic space where you can brainstorm, create ideas and just walk about the room. When you leave, all the information remains intact. Meaning people can re-enter to view the virtual whiteboard or move around virtual post-it notes from a design thinking session.
HoloLens 2 has evolved since the inception of the original HoloLens four years ago, and it just keeps on getting better.
HoloLens with Dynamics 365 Guides enables new ways to train staff, replacing the need for say instruction manuals, with the ability to learn and digitally interact with complex machinery. I think this will lead to the possibility of validating hand-on skills in a virtual environment for industries that have typically had a high chance of physical injury. Like those that use complex appliances, have stringent health and safety training requirements, or require one-off machine maintenance activities.
Dynamics 365 Guides
Dynamics 365 Guides is an application that allows creating training content for use with Mixed Reality experience.
Dynamics 365 Remote Assist
A ship engine failed, no one could fix it.
Then they brought in a man with 40 years on the job. He inspected the engine carefully, top to bottom. After looking things over, the guy reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer.
He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. The engine was fixed! 7 Days later the owners got his bill for $10k. ‘What?!’ the owners said ‘You hardly did anything. Send us an itemized bill.”
The guy replied:
“Tapping with a hammer. $2 Knowing where to tap? $9,998.”
Lesson: Don’t Ever Underestimate Experience
There are many skilled people in many industries. Whether it be aircraft, small or large machinery, mining and drilling equipment, or oil terminals. They are remotely located all over the world, so using HoloLens and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist will massively reduce costs as well as risks.
Dynamics 365 Product Visualize
Dynamics 365 Product Visualize allows you to simulate how products will look and feel in the environment they are placed. Products will be able to be designed and validated before they are produced. Interesting scenarios can be explored and developed when combining Product Visualize and 3D printing. Above all, this will also allow end users to interact with the concept even before it is being built. From designing children’s toys to any physical thing which can be evolved to a much better product
Imagine being able to test and validate product ideas with the potential end user before anybody invests in physical prototyping, expensive tooling, or manufacturing.
Dynamics 365 Layouts
A Better World with Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality will allow us to eliminate transportation costs and the effect on our environment. I think it will open up many scenarios that allow great minds to come together and simulate various situations and applications in the future ahead.
If you want to do a collab with mixed reality, I would love to hear from you. My HoloLens 2 is on order. I am patiently waiting for it. Anyone want to move me up the queue, bring it on. 🙂
I think we’re going to move into an exciting future with HoloLens, Mixed Reality, and Dynamics 365 suite of products.
What do you see a Mixed Reality future looks like? Let me know in the comments below.