While Augmented Reality (AR) may invoke thoughts of Pokémon Go or Snapchat Spectacles among the average consumer, manufacturers have a slightly different take on this fast-emerging technology. Using AR manufacturing applications and the latest and greatest gear – from tablets to smart glasses – manufacturers of all sizes are finding tangible benefits, mostly with regards to workforce efficiency.
IndustryWeek recently explored the use of AR in the industrial realm and turned to Upskill’s chief strategy officer, Jay Kim, for insight on the role of smart glasses in these applications. Kim anticipates that the next wave of smart glasses will arm industrial users with better optics and new sensors, characterizing environments for new ways of thinking and performing tasks.
Paul Boris, VP of manufacturing industries for GE Digital, also commented, discussing GE’s deployment of wearables equipped with Upskill’s Skylight platform. Boris, who foresees the technology spanning a wider scope across the company, says that the biggest impact of the combination of AR, the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), and the various gadgets available have the ability to augment the entire manufacturing space. He believes the technology can help make every worker’s actions more effective and more aligned with their business’ objectives.
No matter the device, application or use case, one thing is for sure: AR is a technology focused on people and making them more efficient in their everyday jobs.
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