The 9.8 release of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s OpenInventor, out around September 2017, will support virtual reality application development on the HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift headsets. These currently predominate in the market. Both combine immersive visualization, sensors for user displacement detection and controllers for manipulation. Open Inventor adds high quality rendering and high-level generic objects to extend support for data manipulation.
Microsoft’s HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset promises a blended view of the real and digital worlds. The kit is currently only available in a ‘developers’ edition at prices of $3,000 to $5,000. IFS has developed a proof of concept HoloLens application that adds a holographic overlay to enterprise data from its IFS Applications industrial ERP flagship. Field service personnel can view holographic data overlain on the real-world object being inspected.
A joint venture between Worley Parsons, CGI and 3D software boutique Taqtile has announced Manifest, a HoloLens/Azure field inspection and maintenance solution integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365.
HoloLens does not yet have an end-user edition. This, according to SlashDot and blogger Brad Sams, is because Microsoft canceled the second version and is now working on an ‘even more advanced’ iteration to be available in 2019.
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