Previously available in ten countries, Microsoft has added a further 29 European markets, bringing HoloLens to 39 countries in total.
While the headset remains priced far out of reach of consumers, Redmond is championing it as a device with a wide range of industrial applications. Ford, for example, is using HoloLens headsets to improve its design process, allowing modifications of both its clay models and real cars to be viewed and modified on the fly, without having to re-sculpt or rebuild anything. ThyssenKrupp has trialled equipping the technicians that service the elevators that the company builds with HoloLens headsets. They can use the headsets to show engineers the faults they're trying to diagnose, and likewise those engineers can annotate the physical infrastructure in front of them to highlight problem areas and guide maintenance and repairs—and all while leaving the technician's hands free.
To further extend reach into these industrial roles, Microsoft has had the headsets tested to ensure they conform to basic protective eyewear standards in both North America and Europe, and next year it will be shipping a hard hat accessory for the device.
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