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How Boeing and Microsoft technology is helping to fight fires

Boeing’s Insitu, the American dronemaker, is using drones to fight wildfires — and it’s relying on Microsoft’s HoloLens.

Essentially two futuristic technologies — drones and holograms — are fighting wildfires.

It uses the mixed reality headset to put a map display in three dimensions. Users can then drag the aircraft on a map to direct the aircraft where to fly. Flight operators manipulate holographic tactical maps of ScanEagles, helicopters and firefighters to direct resources to where they’re most needed. With Inexa Control software, the engineers hope to use mixed reality technology to one day control an entire fleet of UAVs for commercial use.

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