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Be Inspired at Work: Japan Airlines & HoloLens Mixed Reality

Japan Airlines (JAL) teams up with Microsoft HoloLens to train employees on Airline Engines

We have begun to witness the first of some really fascinating examples of how Mixed Reality is going to impact our lives. Recently, Microsoft recently showcased how they used HoloLens to build help Japan Airlines train their employees on airline engines.

With the introduction of this type of training, Japan Airlines is able to train their employees from any location without any need for travel. Employees can put on the goggles anywhere to train and learn about the airline engines work. The system is designed so that employees can learn about the major components. They can also drill down into specific parts to see it separately to learn how it works. They can also learn how components interact to understand how individual components interact with each other.

Learning about components in 3D

Using just your hands, you can freely move the object around in 3D. Part of the learning enables you to move the objects around, to change their size, to rotate them, and to look at individual components. It is even possible to see components that are either hidden or normally very hard to access and reach.

For example, an employee might want to learn about how fuel is filtered and injected into an airline engine. They might also want to understand how the turbines work to generate speed and thrust. The benefits to be able to look at the engine to learn about it from a variety of perspectives makes the whole experience richer and exciting.

Making dangerous training safe and even fun

One of the difficult aspects of working in a manufacturing or engineering environment is the dangers for the employees. However, the ability to work remotely on heavy machinery in mixed reality completely removes all the risks. In fact, Japan Airlines recognised the benefits of training employees while also removing the risks and putting safety issues first. The result is that employees get a much greater insight into the risks and dangers before they ever enter such an environment.

Interestingly, not only is safer, it is also a lot cheaper for companies too. Rather than flying employees to locations, they can work from anywhere they want and at anytime. The idea of being able to play around with dangerous equipment in a safe way and try new things risk free also makes it fun as well.

So is this the next step in training and employee safety? Would you want to have your training from anywhere, anytime? Let us know your comments and thoughts!

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