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Microsoft HoloLens and Zero Carbon Futures

Our Immersive team has been exploring ways to raise productivity across sectors by leveraging the potential of mixed reality technology. Shaun Allan has been advocating AR/VR and MR at various networking events and in one such event, he connected with Mike Taulty and Pete Daukintis from Microsoft. They discussed the prospect of using Microsoft’s Mixed Reality hardware in the automobile industry.

The inception of an idea

To explore the idea further, Shaun got in touch with Anya Bramich from Zero Carbon Futures. Zero Carbon Futures, an electrical vehicle consultancy – has been assisting towns, cities and nations to adapt the introduction of low carbon vehicles.

Shaun and Anya discussed the issue of maintenance in electric cars like Nissan Leaf. The brainstorming sessions led to the development of a prototype intervention for assisting maintenance technicians to ‘remove, repair and replace’ fuel cells from a Nissan leaf.

The outcome

Following the meeting, hedgehog lab setup a five-day hack along with Microsoft and Zero Carbon Futures and developed an interactive experience on Microsoft HoloLens showing a step-by-step implementation process to ‘removing, repairing and replacing’ the Nissan Leaf’s fuel cells.

 

Zero Carbon Futures, training and development manager Stephen Burr was excited with the whole immersive experience. He believes that it’s a powerful idea, which on implementation can do wonders for automobile maintenance teams and could also be cost effective as well. He further confirms that due to the virtual interaction overlaid on reality assists in saving time and easing training processes. Maintenance staff can solve real-time problems without being dependent on support staff or be required, to travel back to parent offices for learning the skills.

The prototype has been amazing, hedgehog lab, Microsoft and Zero Carbon Futures, teams are excited about the future possibilities.

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AR Nissan Leaf on desk during workshop

Microsoft HoloLens and Zero Carbon Futures Workshop

Following the meeting, hedgehog lab setup a five-day hack along with Microsoft and Zero Carbon Futures and developed an interactive experience on Microsoft HoloLens showing a step-by-step implementation process to 'removing, repairing and replacing' the Nissan Leaf's fuel cells.  

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