The new XR10 headset by construction solutions provider Trimble, which incorporates Microsoft’s recently announced Hololens2 augmented reality glasses, is a worthy attempt to deliver badly needed productivity improvements. Sadly, the effort fails to understand the future of work. Instead of empowering operators, the mixed reality display will simply stifle creativity and perpetuate top-down management styles.
The construction industry seems an obvious fit for a tool that can help guide operators in the process of executing their tasks. Indeed, most of the media released around the launch this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona shows workers interacting with digital plans on the construction site. Overlaying maps with reality could help reduce errors, and, adding the ability to read instructions or take measurements while completing the task could help boost efficiency.