Microsoft’s HoloLens is an extremely versatile technology that can be used in various environments. After NASA implemented Hololens in its Mars exploration program, Japan Airlines now relies on Hololens for its staff training programs.
Until recently, flight crew trainees developed their skills using videos and printouts of cockpit panel instruments and switches. The 3D experience provided by HoloLens will now help flight crew trainees to convert their intellectual memory to muscle memory much faster.
Flight crew members, irrespective of the job they will be performing on the actual flight can study and be trained just as if they were working on the actual engine or cockpit, they can place their hands on virtual engines and parts.
Standard flight crew trainee materials involve mainly panels that display photos of cockpit instruments and switches to learn operational procedures. HoloLens now offers detailed holograms in front of the trainees’ eyes that displays actual cockpit devices and switches, with visual and voice guidance provided through HoloLens.
HoloLens is extremely useful for airplane mechanics, as the only way to get their hands on an actual plane and receive practical training was to wait for the aircraft to be the hangar for maintenance.
With HoloLens, “the engine looks real, in front of you. Mechanics can learn an engine structure by extracting important parts with the simulation,” says Koji Hayamizu, senior director of the planning group for Japan Airlines.
Japan Airlines is impressed with HoloLens’ performance and is even considering bringing a whole aircraft into the classroom.
Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully untethered holographic computer powered by Windows 10. It can generate mixed reality content, blending 3D holographic content into the physical world, and allows users to interact with both digital content and real world items.
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