Did you know that the first Mixed Reality system (called ‘’) was already developed in the early 1990s at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory?
Their research involved two real physical robots, controlled by a full upper-body exoskeleton worn by the user. Impressive… but by no means portable. A lot of other Mixed Reality hardware was developed across the globe in the years following, but nothing quite as sophisticated or innovative as the HoloLens 1 introduced by Microsoft in 2016. We acknowledge that it has been 4 years already since this ground-breaking platform appeared for the first time… But like many disruptive technologies, it went through the ‘hype-cycle’ for emerging technologies:
In 2018, Gartner considered Mixed Reality to be in the ‘Trough of Disillusionment’. People (and companies) were exploring the technology and its value for their business, but they had difficulties actually building the applications they were imagining. According to us, this was partly because there was no solid software foundation to empower the hardware of the HoloLens.
One year later, in 2019, Gartner removed Mixed Reality from its hype-cycle, and confirmed that the technology was growing up:
A solid software foundation
Here at Mr. Watts we couldn’t agree more. While our enthusiasm about Mixed Reality never lingered, we are very pleased to see a proper software foundation emerging:
Smartglasses in the field
Also worth noting, though not related to software, is the appearance of. They offer a complete headset including a safety helmet for bringing Mixed Reality apps into the field, on construction sites and industrial environments. Together with the software foundation described above, this smart-glasses-meets-safety-gear-combo perfectly suits the apps we envision to build.
For all of these reasons, combined with our deep understanding of technology and software, we say that now is the perfect time to start focusing on Mixed Reality business apps!
To get the full picture of Mr. Watts and why we focus on the Microsoft HoloLens, check out our other blog: