06 December 2017

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

Wouldn't it be great if you could test out furniture in your own home before you bought it? Or see a pop-up with information when you look at an object? That's possible, and it's called Augmented Reality (AR).

Basically AR puts a digital layer on top of the real world. You can see images and videos that are not there and interact with them. You can even use it for broadcasting. When you wear the special glasses a built-in camera films what you see and transmits the data. Just as if you would be there yourself.

The technology is widely known for games such as Pokémon Go but even in an engineering environment it is very useful. Imagine that you automatically see the info you need when you get near a machine. A pop-up gives you access to the manual or customer history.  Or you can see an explanation on the next step in the repairing process.

Another exercise: imagine that you can fix a problem from a distance. You don't need a specialist to travel half the globe first. Simply mail the glasses to the customer and have him film the machine. An engineer on the other side of the screen can give immediate support. He can even send over machine drawings with just a click.

Saving time and resources is just one way to use this technology. The future will show what else is possible.

If you found this blog interesting, you might like also the one on Virtual Reality.

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