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The application for the Microsoft Hololens was developed by the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Lower Austria and the Austrian consulting firm René Römer. It projects live machine data into the visible environment of the person wearing the headset. A shift supervisor could therefore be able to read the current performance data of each machine while walking through the factory. The display is provided by virtual dashboards that can be placed exactly where needed – if all available data were displayed at once, the wearer would quickly lose the overview. One of the advantages of the app is that it does not require the conversion of the entire IT system.

Virtual reality and related technologies could soon experience yet another boost. At least that is the assumption of PwC 's advisors, who see the German market already growing beyond its niche. They believe the decisive drivers in this regard are the convergence of VR and AR and the new 5G mobile phone standard, which enables very low latency times as well as the capability to process the large amounts of data required for the applications.