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When you think of the smart home, your mind generally turns first to digitalized lighting and heating control systems, refrigerators that replenish themselves, and freshly made coffee that greets you in the kitchen in the morning. Accessibility and intelligent home mobility solutions, on the other hand, often take second place, although it is precisely these areas that are becoming hugely important given the increasingly aging population. thyssenkrupp, based in Essen, Germany, is responding to the already growing demand for customized home mobility solutions by launching mixed-reality visualizations based on Microsoft HoloLens.

The mixed-reality glasses showcased at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 will be launched in Germany and other key markets soon and are designed to enable real-time visualization of stairlift products in customers' homes in the future. The glasses also speed up various process steps, thus reducing delivery times to as little as a quarter of the current level. "New realities demand new solutions, and thyssenkrupp sees Microsoft HoloLens as an enabler in transforming the customer experience for home solutions and helping to ensure a continued quality of life for aging populations, regardless of their mobility restrictions," says Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator.