Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be, at the moment, the biggest buzzword in the media for so many industries. From robots taking over factories to AI being utilised for better healthcare, it’s everywhere. But just how long will it stay at that top spot? There are many other emerging technologies set to improve products and services across the world. Two of which are augmented reality (AR) and assisted reality (ASR).
is the use of interactive digital elements layered over reality. The most known example of AR is the Gaming app, Pokémon Go. AR gives users the ability to enhance existing real-world environments and objects through their digital devices. It can include multiple sensory information being projected, from what you see, hear and touch, AR can bend reality allowing you to experience a digital parallel.
is something very similar to AR but has slight differences. As previously mentioned, AR provides a digital layer over reality via a device. The difference with ASR is that it doesn’t need a screen, it’s projected instead. Users can view digital projections via a main product – a headband, watch or monitor. Once they have this, they can interact with the information shown in their view.
While it’s understandable that AI may be at the forefront of your mind when you think about digital transformation within the manufacturing and engineering industry, you may be surprised to discover that AR is actually playing a big role too.
It’s not just AI robots taking over mundane jobs that will make a huge difference to factories and offices spaces. AR and ASR are set to completely revolutionise the opportunities for creativity within the manufacturing and engineering communities. While they’ll have less of an impact on processes and procedures, they’ll certainly change how people view these and how a product or service is analysed. It could be something as simple as helping to design a new look for a car or having a visual asset of how pieces of the individual car needs to be put in a particular order.
These new technologies can provide many in-house training benefits. Rather than risking practice in real-life situations, augmented reality will enable seniors to train new staff in a risk-free environment – this is just one of various ways in which AR can be used within the manufacturing or engineering industry
Assisted reality may also help with internal procedures. If you have access to a whole field of information at the press of a button, without having to use a screen, the workplace has just become more accessible thanks to ASR.
With all that augmented reality and assisted reality has to offer the human workforce, it’s a wonder there isn’t more of a focus on what these technologies can bring to your workplace. As AI is set to take over administrative tasks and free up manual labour, it’s about time we focus on how AR and ASR can be used to better productivity and creativity within the workplace.
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