Microsoft is betting big on their Hololens platform with a massive expansion, adding another 29 countries to the distribution footprint, certification and plans for a hard hat version.
At the Microsoft Future Decoded in London, the company announced expansion of the Hololens into 29 European countries.
In addition, signaling an expansion of the platform into industrial applications, HoloLens has passed basic impact tests for protective eyewear standards in North America and Europe. It has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. HoloLens has been tested and rated IP50, able to perform as dust protected.
One of the most obvious use-cases for AR is in industrial environments but the safety requirements and need for gear that can withstand harsher conditions than an office is a must. So these new certifications are good news.
The company is also following Intel and developing a new hard hat accessory that is in production and will be available for purchase early next year through partners.