A few years ago, a method of human interaction with machines would have been inconceivable. However, times have changed and we have Augmented Reality (AR) to thank for it. What exactly is AR? It can be described as an extension to simulation technology that goes beyond by providing contextual information and data on reality.
AR's impact on business has increased with the entrance of GPS enabled smart devices with built in compasses and cameras. With their ability to track down your location, these devices relay relevant information to the required scene. The possibilities are plenty when we extend this coming together of the real and virtual world to the enterprise context.
Let's take an example from the manufacturing industry. From design and prototype development to assembly, maintenance and quality control, AR simplifies all operations by simplifying collaboration and providing a data and information framework. Manufacturers are beginning to appreciate the tremendous potential it offers and its role in production and assembly. One such example is BMW – the company is exploring AR in various forms to assist its technicians in car maintenance and assembly. AR not only provides precise step by step guidance, it also ensures a standardized and high quality output. What more can you ask for?
AR is a perfect mix of human skill and technology systems. It fact, it can also be referred to as a camera-produced and computer controlled expansion of human intelligence. Easily transportable devices with AR application software like smart phones, handheld computers and IP devices and head-mounted displays make it a welcome addition to the manufacturing process. Processes like blueprinting and creation of assembly designs which can take months can now be speeded with AR's three dimensional assistance.
Since its advent, technology has made the world more convenient and AR has played a big role in taking technology to the next level. What would you say to adopting AR to enable your business