Augmented Reality (AR) tends to be viewed as a consumer technology but has untapped opportunities for use in Industry.
Augmented Reality can guide worker tasks that either occur in unfamiliar surroundings or complex environments. They save first-line worker time and thus improve productivity.
While it’s early days for the use of AR in industry, there are already some compelling examples. BAE Systems are using AR to train staff how to build batteries for use on hybrid buses. Construction company Laing O’Rourke is using AR on the UK’s massive Crossrail project to record quality control checks on structures in areas unfamiliar to inspectors.
To get started check out Microsoft’s HoloLens, Google’s ARCore and Facebook’s Oculus. Google Glass failed due to being too expensive but is still used in some companies such as DHL where it’s used to help workers locate and sort parcels. In the future, or indeed to create the future, look into the use of locating technologies with AR to provide for multi-location task augmentation.