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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday September 21 2017, @10:37PM   Printer-friendly
from the use-it-to-design-a-holodeck dept.

Ford says it is using Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset to help design cars, alongside clay models:

Microsoft's HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe's, Audi, and Volkswagen are all testing HoloLens for various reasons, and now Ford is expanding its use of Microsoft's headsets after an initial pilot phase. Ford is using HoloLens to let designers quickly model out changes to cars, trucks, and SUVs. This allows designers to see the changes on top of an existing physical vehicle, instead of the traditional clay model approach to car design.

Ford is still using clay models, but the HoloLens can be used to augment additional 3D models without having to build every single design prototype with clay.

Also at CNBC and Engadget.

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HoloLens visionary Alex Kipman took to the stage in Barcelona to introduce HoloLens 2 which addresses many of the key criticisms of the original headset: field of view, comfort, and hand-tracking.

Kipman says that HoloLens 2 "more than doubles" the field of view of the original HoloLens, though hasn't yet specified exactly what the field of view is. The original HoloLens field of view was around 35 degrees, so HoloLens 2 is expected to be around 70 degrees.

[...] HoloLens 2 is also designed to be more comfortable, with much of the headset's bulk balanced in the back of the headset. Kipman said HoloLens 2 "more than triples the comfort" over the original HoloLens... though the exact weight, and how they came to that specific figure, is unclear. Still, the front portion of the headset is said to be made entirely from carbon fiber to cut down on weight and offers a convenient flip-up visor.

HoloLens 2 also brings hand-tracking which goes much further than the coarse gesture control in the original headset. Now with full hand-tracking, users can interact much more directly with applications by touching, poking, and sliding controls directly rather than using abstract gestures.

Also at Engadget.

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Microsoft HoloLens and its 24-Core Chip
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Ford Using Microsoft HoloLens to Help Design Cars
Leaked Microsoft Documents Describe Plans for Surface Tablets, Xbox, "Andromeda", and HoloLens
HoloLens to Assist Surgeons at UK's Alder Hey Children's Hospital
U.S. Army Awards Microsoft a $480 Million HoloLens Contract

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bob_super on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:05PM (5 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:05PM (#571456)

    Dear Ford, have you heard of CAD and 3D printing?
    My consultancy fees are totally worth it.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:42PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:42PM (#571468)

      Clay is cheaper than printer plastic, and your clay models aren't limited by the size of your printer. Clay is also recyclable. Why do you advocate for more trash generation? Why do you hate Mother Earth so?

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:58PM

        by takyon (881) <> on Thursday September 21 2017, @11:58PM (#571476) Journal []

        Not saying you're wrong about clay being better, but it seems that some people are using recycled plastic filament for 3D printing.

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      • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday September 22 2017, @12:13AM (2 children)

        by bob_super (1357) on Friday September 22 2017, @12:13AM (#571483)

        Your clay model is not at the exact dimension of your CAD model.
        If Dassault, Airbus and Boeing can design planes exclusively in CAD, it's silly for Ford to use clay.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 22 2017, @12:41AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 22 2017, @12:41AM (#571495)

          The clay model is the master. The CAD model, created by digitizing the clay model, is the slave. So, yes, the clay model is exactly the dimension the CAD model created from it will be.

          Dassault, Airbus, and Boeing are not competing to any large extent on looks; airplanes are almost pure works of engineering, judged on quantifiable metrics. Ford's mid-size sedan and Chevy's mid-size sedan are largely differentiated (in the eyes of actual new-car buyers, not mechanics) by their looks; those looks are not an accident, but the result of styling experts, and if those styling experts are (so far) happier working in their traditional clay medium than CAD, they get to play with clay. The mechanical stuff (where CAD is actually useful) is already done in CAD; it really doesn't matter how the artsy bits get done.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 22 2017, @02:22PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 22 2017, @02:22PM (#571646)

            Clay models are becoming less important as the digital models become better. In fact, I would say that we're already at the tipping point for clay models to lose their relevancy. With the resolutions that we're able to work with now and the computational power behind it to get lighting to look correct, it won't be long at all.