Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR)–two technologies for overlaying digital information on top of the physical world via headgear or mobile devices–are getting a lot of attention because of their visual appeal and potential in both the enterprise and consumer markets. However, industrial customers are still waiting for many of the most useful features and appropriate AR/MR hardware to mature.
That doesn’t mean that enterprises can’t get started with smart glasses and see immediate value. They should instead focus on use cases that can take advantage of “Assisted Reality,” a subset of AR.
The main difference between immersive AR and assisted reality comes down to the ability to create “registered experiences.” Registration in the digital world means displaying virtual content connected to objects in the real world, literally augmenting reality with an overlay of digital data. In assisted reality, users can see contextually relevant digital information via hands-free display, but the imagery is not registered to objects and doesn’t change dynamically based on the user’s position and field of view. Assisted reality content is mostly two dimensional, composed of text, images, videos, and diagrams – the sort of thing displayed on heads-up displays in fighter jet cockpits or on the windshields of newer high-end cars.
That Assisted Reality experience is available now, via our Skylight platform, and it is having a profound impact on today’s most demanding industrial production environments. As the market patiently waits for immersive AR and MR to hit primetime, we have put together a report that outlines the five important advantages for why enterprises should adopt assisted reality immediately. Packed with insightful points and data to back it up, it’s worth a read. Check it out here.