Welcome to our recurring post, 3D Interactive Tech Talk, highlighting how interactive technology is being used right now and where it’s headed.
AR Progressing in the Engineering Field
Although the technology isn’t fully developed, Augmented Reality is expected to payoff big for field service engineers. Using an AR headset or other “smart” wearable device, field service engineers “can see information about the product they are looking at overlaid on the actual product.” This saves the time of looking for those details elsewhere, and helps engineers troubleshoot issues with equipment simply by looking at it. With this technology, less experienced engineers could take on challenging jobs, allowing more experienced engineers to focus on more complex problems. Although there are some kinks to work out – including high costs, and narrow vision in the glasses – AR is expected to become more prominent in the engineering world within the next few years.
AR Creates a Happy Medium Between Work and the Virtual World
Unlike the complete immersion experience of VR, Augmented Reality “blurs the line between the physical and the digital” – a happy medium some might find preferable. Though both VR and AR have built excitement around entertainment and gaming potential, there’s a lot AR could bring to the workplace. Using AR devices like glasses, headsets, and even smartphones, the use cases include everything from training, to collaborating on presentations, to field testing, to advertising. In particular, any work scenarios which are inherently dangerous could be safely practiced. And with its ability to “streamline the workflow, enable seamless communication and enhance core processes,” AR may redefine efficiency altogether.
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