The UK-based startup envisioning the future of construction sites with emerging technologies, XYZ Reality, launched ‘The Atom,’ a next-generation AR headset for construction workers. The device combines a construction safety headset, augmented reality displays, and in-built computing power.
The tool will enable construction workers to see full holographic BIM (Building Information Modelling) models superimposed over the structures they are working on to help avoid any errors in the construction process.
XYZ Reality Founder and CEO David Mitchell explained that the headset works with the HoloSite platform allowing construction teams to view 3D models to millimeter accuracy onsite. The Atom uses laser-based tracking technology to position 3D design models to construction tolerances.
“The Atom has 1TB storage and 16GB of RAM, allowing users to visualize hyper-complex geometry out onsite to millimeter accuracy,” he said. “We are currently working on displaying associated metadata for users onsite.”
Furthermore, it will allow teams to share a live feed into the headset and see what the user can see on site.
“This real-time collaboration along with our HoloSite cloud platform brings site teams and office teams together,” added Mitchell.
The company had raised a £20m Series A funding round in June 2021, which has been crucial for The Atom’s development. The company also plans to open a US headquarters to facilitate growth in the American markets.
“The Atom is the world’s most accurate AR device for construction,” said Mitchell. “Our headset has been developed in-house from the ground up with construction in mind. What makes AR useful in construction is being able to position and visualize holograms of 3D models onsite to within construction tolerances, it is this accuracy and construction mindset that sets us apart.”
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