Microsoft made the announcement that Kawasaki had become its new customer on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. As both giants had recently expanded their businesses to include the metaverse industry, their upcoming collaboration has all the makings to be fruitful.
Augmented reality is created by superimposing computer-generated imagery over a live view of the physical world, and HoloLens was the first product of its kind to be commercially available in 2016
In the context of Microsoft’s industrial metaverse, this entails bringing together a number of the company’s technologies, such as cloud computing, to assist factory workers and managers in constructing products in a manner that is both quicker and more effective.
The goal is to develop what Microsoft refers to as a “digital twin” of the workspace, which can facilitate the acceleration of processes such as the initiation of new production lines and the completion of repairs.
HoloLens can be used to chat with workers on site and guide them through the repair process with visual cues from augmented reality. For instance, instead of calling a repair person to come to the factory to fix a broken part, this can be accomplished by guiding workers through the process themselves with the help of HoloLens.
It also gives managers the ability to use this technology to increase new production if it is required, which is something that Microsoft offers as a solution to problems with supply chains.
As a manufacturing partner, Kawasaki joins the likes of Heinz, who just recently announced that they would be using Microsoft’s industrial metaverse in a soy sauce factory, as well as Boeing. In spite of the fact that it may appear to be a joke, it is something that customers of Microsoft are requesting as excitement grows about the concept of the metaverse.