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Japan Airlines shows Microsoft HoloLens demos for virtual cockpit and engine training

Microsoft announced at Build 2016 that Japan Airlines would be one of the first companies to use its HoloLens augmented reality headset. Now the airline has demoed the use of the HoloLens for training employees to help repair plane engines and cockpits.

PC Watch stated that during a press event this week, Japan Airlines showed how an employee can put on the HoloLens and see a version of a plane's engine placed in the real world. The user can move the model of the engine around to see all of it and make it smaller or bigger in order to find specific parts. Yet another demo showed how a HoloLens user could see a simulated airplane cockpit as though he or she was actually sitting down in the pilot's seat.

Japan Airlines considered using traditional virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift but in the end it felt that the people using it had to see their fingers, which can only be done on the HoloLens.

Thanks to "Genesis_Prime" for the tip!

17 Comments
  • This is pretty cool. Man I cant wait for the consumer version of this.
  • I'd be ecstatic. At least it'd be an interesting flight
  • Yes. But it can't replace the spatial awareness that pilots need, even in training -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • It's not meant to be for pilots it's for training the technicians.
  • "Yet another demo showed how a HoloLens user could see a simulated airplane cockpit as though he or she was actually sitting down in the pilot's seat." Where do you think that'd lead to? -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • Please keep in mind this is v1.0 in a nascent industry.  As the technology improves, so will the experience of submersion.  To augment spatial awareness, perhaps some kind of accessory technology would be required. Something like the famed holodeck experiences in Star Trek, except this one the room and its stripes (reference structure) scale up and down when AR objects are scaled up and down and otherwise life-size and to-scale matching the physical seat when not.  I think we're putting the cart in front of the horse, but I don't think its going to be a problem in the long term.
  • Sure such an idiot. Haven't even spent a second to read an article or watch videos have you?
  • Fool. It's 3 paragraphs. "Yet another demo showed how a HoloLens user could see a simulated airplane cockpit as though he or she was actually sitting down in the pilot's seat." -Mach 8 Solutions, LLC a software company.
    Http://mach8solutions.com
  • I would love to see someone use it for railway inspection training. When I had my practical exam we ran around a train searching cards with defects written on them. Simulating them with hololens would be way mor realistic. I've already seen this for VR, but it would be even better with AR and a real train.
  • You should suggest that on the Share your idea hololens site.
  • +1
  • ...That is cool,I love ❤ this!...
  • This is what Thurrott was trying to explain to Leo Laporte a few episode back of windows weekly, but because he's such a Microsoft hater he just couldn't get it.
  • The Holo lens needs a little more development time. It is an amazing device that will change the way many learn how to do things. play games ect .I do not think Paul Thurrott is a Microsoft hater but whether he is right or wrong he will give out his opinions. I am criticle of Microsoft's only putting the MS Flagship smart phone Lumia 950 or 950XL  only on ONE USA carrier AT & T. that was one HELL OF A BAG Mistake. Samsung, Apple , LG HTC and Sony at least try to get their Flag ship smart phones on as many USA carriers that they can. Microsoft and Verizon have had past bad relations but business is business and a device seller should expose his product to as many customers as they can not just to AT & T customers like Microsoft is doing in the USA. No wonder MS smart phones sales in the USA have taken a nose dive. A smart phone seller aint going to make any sales headway selling their devices just on one USA carrier. MS CEO Satya Nadella has got to step in and says to his Staff enough is enough sell our stuff on more USA carriers than Just AT & T. Get it done folks !!
  • There. The last para. Clearer States the major difference between vr and AR. The most advantageous factor. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hilo Lens by far, is an amazing piece of tech. Imagine the possibilities. Bomb specialist could walk around with thousands of diagrams for bombs and use this to save lives. Or what about police having the database of an apartment complex as they look for preps at night if they augment it for night vision. What about air traffic. It could overlay airplanes in cloudy situations. Or even show other planes as piloted turn they turn their heads In a cockpit
  • "which can only be done on the HOLOLENS". That nailed it.