The Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s most powerful Mixed Reality (MR) headset. Organizations around the world are using these devices, and a collection of software solutions, to better connect their workforces, achieve production efficiencies, and a host of other benefits.
With the potential impacts of a COVID-19 outbreak looming, HoloLens hygiene is becoming increasingly important. Similar to devices like phones and laptops, HoloLens MR devices should be properly cleaned or maintained.
Here’s how to clean your HoloLens 1 or 2.
Disinfect hands before each use: In any event, make sure to properly disinfect your hands before handling the HoloLens.
Medical use: Please note that the HoloLens is a non-intrusive device in that it doesn’t block your field of view, allowing users to retain situational awareness and work with their hands. If operating in a medical field, the HoloLens can be used while:
Sharing your device: The most effective way to ensure that your HoloLens units aren’t exposing your workforce to avoidable health risk is to eliminate sharing of the devices.
The CDC states that Covid-19 is transmitted most commonly from person-to-person via raspatory droplets. To operate a HoloLens 1 or 2, the user must place the device in close proximity to their eyes, nose, and mouth. These areas are pathways through which infections both enter and exit the body.
It’s advisable that organizations limit the number of users per individual device.
Ideally, each HoloLens unit will have only one user.
Many organizations, however, do share the devices. If this is the case for your company, the following tips will be particularly valuable
The U.S. Government and other research bodies have concluded that Coronavirus can live on some surfaces as long as three days and in the air for several hours. Cleaning your device’s storage area and the HoloLens case is as important as cleaning the device itself.
Be it a drawer, toolbox, shelf, or any other area, be sure to clean and disinfect your HoloLens’s storage the area. The Center for Disease Control recommends:
When cleaning the HoloLens case, follow the same basic steps above. Clean every piece and surface of the case, both inside and out.
Ensure that the following elements are not overlooked.
It’s important to note that Microsft’s recommendations are for cleaning, not disinfecting, the HoloLens.
Based on Microsoft’s recommendations, here is how to clean a HoloLens.
Microsoft recommends that people “don’t use any cleaners or solvents on your HoloLens,” and that the device not be submerged in any liquid and that water not be applied directly. Products that contain a high percentage of alcohol or cleaners that are bleach-based may damage some of a HoloLens’ components.
That being said, if you require that your HoloLens be disinfected, follow these recommendations below but please note that by following these steps, you could harm the proper function of your device. Follow at your own risk.
If your workplace has access to ultraviolet (UV) light cleaning devices, consider using these stations between the use of a HoloLens unit.