In the fast lane

In the fast lane

In late March, Formula 1’s team Williams made a pitstop at Melbourne Girls Grammar to give our girls access to a Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset. Best described as out of this world, the HoloLens allows users to engage with digital content by interacting with holograms. It certainly got our minds racing.

Thanks to the concept of ‘mixed reality’, girls were given the opportunity to change a ‘virtual’ tyre on an F1 racing car. Along the way, they were also changing their mindset. Year 9 student Eleanor Mullins described the experience as amazing. “I’ve learnt about a whole new side of technology in the workplace and how being involved in technology does not mean just sitting at a desk,” Eleanor said.

Graeme Hackland, Chief Information Officer at Williams F1 Team, highlighted how the HoloLens could impact car production. In short, innovation and technology are on track to revolutionise the racetrack.

The opportunity to host Hackland and view the HoloLens came courtesy of global digital technology firm, Avanade. In addition to Avanade’s most recent generosity, the team was also responsible for hosting the Assistant Director of Junior Years Becky Glenton at last year’s inaugural Teacher Externship.