Trimble announces availability of its XR10 hardhat solution for HoloLens 2

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November 8, 2019 – Trimble has announced today that it is now taking orders for the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 system, a worksite-ready mixed-reality solution that enables workers to visualize 3D data on project sites for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting. The announcement was made at A+A 2019, an international trade forum for safety, security and health at work.

The new solution is enabled by two central components:

  • Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 – a mixed-reality device purpose-built for integration into an industry-standard hardhat for use in safety-controlled environments;
  • Trimble Connect for HoloLens – cloud-based software that allows for open and collaborative communication across all stakeholder types, which is optimized to maximize the benefits of HoloLens 2, according to Trimble.

Trimble states that its XR10 meets international certification standards for impact and electrical protection in most major markets, with the company anticipating its device will assist front-line workers in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining industries, by allowing them to visualize and interact with digital models in an active work environment, and identify potential issues before they happen.

The device includes all of the new functionality of HoloLens 2, including a flip-up-visor, wider field-of-view and more instinctual interaction enabled by the HoloLens 2’s on-board hand-tracking technology. The XR10 will allow users to overlay Constructible Building Information Models (BIM) and other digital project data onto the physical context of the jobsite.

Trimble has also incorporated Mobilus’ mobiWAN bone conduction audio headset technology into the XR10. 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, according to Trimble. The XR10 brings these advanced features to front-line workers without compromising on safety or compatibility with standard safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, or other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Trimble Connect for HoloLens 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 mixed-reality environment. New additions to Trimble Connect for HoloLens include step-by-step guidance for complex tasks and assigning to-do tasks and RFIs to other stakeholders.

“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,” said Martin Holmgren, General Manager, Field Solutions at Trimble Buildings. “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 in December 2019. Trimble Buildings is accepting orders online and through the Trimble Buildings reseller network. An updated version of Trimble Connect for HoloLens will be available in the Microsoft HoloLens app store on December 2, 2019.

Image credit: Trimble

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Sam Sprigg

Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he covers news articles on both the AR and VR industries. He also has an interest in human augmentation technology as a whole, and does not just limit his learning specifically to the visual experience side of things.