Big technology firms has been investing in the fields of virtual and augmented reality which will potentially shape the future of the society. While Google develops the Google Glass, Microsoft have the Hologens to challenge their competitors.
Microsoft is now on the testing stage of their Hologens. They want to make a shot first at construction companies. Microsoft believes that hologens will help construction workers in building establishments along with the necessary tools that goes with it.
The testing program is a joint activity with the University of Cambridge’s Construction Information Technology. They hope that hologens will help identify errors and repair needs in existing structures and those that will be built yet.
With the holegens equiped, construction workers will have a virtual representation of the project to guide them. In other words, the hologens will project the blueprints of a project which allow builders to visualize the whole thing.
Dr. Ioannis Brilakis, the director of CIT Laboratory at the University of Cambridge has high hopes of the combined effort with Microsoft.
“The construction sector is undergoing rapid transformation as a result of the revolution in digital engineering. The university has a wide portfolio of research projects which aim to solve problems in the construction sector.” – Dr. Ioannis Brilakis
Through the holgens people can interact with things virtually in the real world. Tools and abstract materials will be represented into 3D models. It is very much different with virtual reality which is only pure immersion.