Microsoft’s Hololens may not be available to consumers, but it’s making massive waves in the manufacturing industry. The augmented reality headset has passed basic impact tests for protective eyewear standards the US and Europe; in addition to receiving an IP50 dust resistance rating.
Conforming to regulations allows the Hololens to be used in more industrial applications. Something of a big deal for Microsoft as it has also announced that the Hololens is being made available in 20 European countries; at the request of several large conglomerates of course.
Companies like Ford and thyssenkrupp have been pushing Microsoft to expand availability of the mixed reality equipment for their factories in Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. Which only goes to show that maybe not every piece of advanced technology should be aimed at consumers.
One more thing coming from Microsoft is the Hololens with hard hat accessory. The product received a demo earlier this year, opening the option for mixed reality applications on construction sites. Something that may be useful for plumbers and electricians; with an overlay of the necessary plans for them to do their work in the real world.