Future Farming: Case IH to use HoloLens to connect experts to farmers


Virtual Reality headsets are beginning to become the norm, so it is perhaps no surprise to hear of one released onto the agricultural market, as reported by farminguk.com.

This enables agri-experts to showcase how products work to farmers, without having to travel anywhere. Case IH are currently testing the Microsoft Hololens, with aims to streamline its use in their operations across the planet. This would mean farmers could talk to agri-experts, from anywhere in the world at anytime and it’s all done through ‘smartglasses’.

HoloLens:
The product was developed by Microsoft as part of Project Baraboo, and claims to be a mixture of smartglasses and virtual reality. The design offers holographic interactions in real time, while it also allows users to place holograms in the real world, moving them when needed. Case IH, hope it will enable experts to remotely access and assist customers as well as offering them training.

The design enables experts to consult datasheets as well as applicable methods, while it also enables them to show them to technicians through their smartglasses. Experts can now even be remotely connected to multiple parties, which means they can give live classes from the comfort of their office or home.

The Hololens project is set up as a new model for remote maintenance, according to Commercial Marketing Director at Case IH, Peter Friis.

“The testing phase, which is expected to last one year, is already delivering remarkable outcomes in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. The automotive industry can play a key role to boost the growth of the agriculture industry, that’s why it’s so strategic to leverage new technologies.” he said.

A driver of efficiency:
The concept of mixed reality was dubbed a driver of efficiency by Enterprise Services Lead at Microsoft, Fabio Moioli. He said it will help improve machine performance, as well as empowering farmers across the globe.

“Agriculture machines are complex and characterised by specific features according to their multiple purposes, so through Microsoft HoloLens, it’s just easier putting in place faster and more aware interventions and repair the key components hands-free, by reducing downtimes,” he said.

Software:
The headset has a full onboard computer, which is fitted with a Windows 10 operating system. There are three processors in the system, a Main CPU, a Graphics Processing Unit and a Holographic Processing

The device is also supported by Infrared cameras, to help further understand the environment and conditions. The device is also fitted with 360 degree spatial sound speakers, which give the impression of real world positioning. One can also avail of the Voice command option, through Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana.

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