Bosch Rexroth is one of the leading specialists in drive and control technologies. The company supplies tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving. One of these control technologies is Active Heave Compensations (AHC). Every ship rocks with wave and wind movements. This effect makes it difficult to position loads from a swinging crane safely and carefully onto a fixed structure at sea or on the seabed.
Bosch Rexroth created a model that demonstrates a moving motion platform, showing how they keep loads perfectly level so they are easily placed. This demo model has been a staple at every expo but it was time to improve on the experience and bring it to the HoloLens.
By using augmented reality, we created a unique experience by overlaying 3D content over the AHC model. The Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset allows us to mix the real world with the 3D world. 3D models and pictures are placed around the model and interact with it. We attached an Arduino to the moving platform and attached a 6 degrees-of-freedom sensor and ultrasonic distance sensor. The device then transmits the measurements to the HoloLens over Bluetooth.
The HoloLens uses this data to project a digital platform over the physical moving platform that follows the movements of the ship. To enhance this, we also added narration to the tour that guides the user and explains the technology.