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Microsoft brings holo-goggles to Toyota production lines

Mixed reality offers automaker a new tool for 'kaizen'

In this photo from Microsoft Japan's website, a worker uses mixed-reality goggles to inspect a car.
In this photo from Microsoft Japan's website, a worker uses mixed-reality goggles to inspect a car.

TOKYO -- Microsoft's mixed-reality technology is reaching Toyota Motor's factory floor, the American computing giant's leader said in a Monday speech here as it works to strengthen its position in big-data services for corporate customers.

The automaker is weighing introducing Microsoft's HoloLens goggles, which can superimpose graphics and text on the real world, at production lines -- a move expected to bring improvements across a range of tasks. For example, the technology "completely changes the pace and the speed with which you can go about doing something like" checking the thickness of a vehicle's coat of paint, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.

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