Platipus has been working for the technical realization of a project for Aegir Marine with AR being used to support marine engineers in their work. It’s an innovative project because we’ve been working on some beautiful visualizations in which mechanics can look across engine parts and using real-time sensor data to see what’s happening in the engine parts. The sensor data is visualized information about rotational speeds, temperatures, expansions and vibrations.
For this product we used the Microsoft Hololens. This is a Augmented Reality headset that, in stead of being in another world in Virtual Reality, let you augment the real world around you. As a HoloLens wearer, you’ll still see the real world in front of you. You can walk around and talk to others without worrying about bumping into walls. This way, we could show the mechanics what’s going on inside one of their thrusters.
Let us explain the project in short; We’ve placed several sensors in a trusther ( CT-175 ). In the first picture below you see the data of our temperature sensors and RPM sensors visualised. We’ve build a computer application that collects the data from those sensors and stores it in a database. In parallel we’ve implemented a HoloLens application that takes the data from our database and projects it holographically onto the parts that it’s measuring from. The marine engineer is now possessing the super power of seeing inside this gearbox and seeing the precise speeds and temperatures in there. How cool and practical is that?!
At the unveiling of the first phase of our project, dutch astronaut André Kuipers tested our app and stayed in his HoloLens for 15 minutes completely mesmerised by the magical thing that we’ve created. Platipus received great compliments from the astronaut who recognized the future of technical maintenance in this production.