Microsoft announces HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition

By Alan Kwok
Posted on January 29, 2021

Big News! Microsoft announced on Wednesday during their HoloLens Industry Summit. The newest member of the HoloLens family the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition. Designed with the intent for use in critical environments. This latest edition will allow HoloLens users to operate in heavy regulated industrial locations.

Key industrial standards ratings:

HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition comes with the following industrial standards ratings:

• Clean room compatible – ISO 14644-1 Class 5

• Intrinsic safety – UL Class I, Division 2

Per Microsoft the “ISO 14644-1 Class 5 classification, HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition meets particle and emissions standards for clean rooms rated ISO class 5. The UL Class I, Division 2 certification means that HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition meets the intrinsic safety requirements to deploy in environments where ignitable concentrations of hazards exist under abnormal operating conditions.”

Additional benefits:

• Extended 2-year warranty

• Rapid exchange and replacement program

Cleanroom

So, what does this mean?

This is a flat-out game changer. Our first thought of use goes right to clean rooms. Industries which utilize clean rooms are now able to address problems in real time. In any manufacturing industry not to mention semiconductor and pharmaceutical. A stoppage in workflow can potentially mean the difference between lives saved and lives lost for example the coronavirus vaccine. With the Industrial Edition of the HoloLens, companies are able to reduce down time. Instead of waiting for a specialist and for them to sanitize to enter a clean room. Specialists are available at their fingertips. This is beneficial during and post Covid-19 by reducing the amount of people in a clean room. If one dust particle were to enter a clean room this could shut down all operations.

A formal announcement will be on February 1st by Microsoft. With Pre orders are available for the price of $4,950 USD. Be sure to follow CraneMorley and our blog as Microsoft releases more details about the HoloLens 2 Industrial Edition.

 

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