Internet of Things

Augmented Reality: Imagination and Innovation

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We’re entering an era where the power of pure imagination is helping to lead the way in technological development. Google Glass, HoloLens, Oculus Rift and MagicLeap are just 4 examples of companies that are contributing to what will be a $120b industry by 2020.

Whilst Virtual Reality (VR) is all about closed, fully immersive digital environments, it is Augmented Reality (AR) that can enrich the world around us with visuals and sounds that can go as far as your imagination can take you. Growing from entertainment to enterprise; AR applications can help make the adoption of an IoT strategy that much easier for businesses. Integrating technology into enterprise environments can help us fully realise how much IoT, IIoT and Industry 4.0 are changing the world around us.

DAQRI’s Smart Helmet is a recent example of industry-leading AR integration. Fitted with sensors and driven by an intuitive UI, users are given contextually relevant information about the world around them using a unique combination of AR and 4D. The overall design of the helmet is tailored to industrial applications with an ANSI complaint hard helmet and face shield, a thermal camera, photonic HUD and 6th generation logic board. By integrating with systems like MRP and ERP, the helmet can connect the user to the environment with real-time data and information which can lead to reduced operational costs, quicker repairs and a more efficient operating model. Currently in pilot phase with a number of Fortune 100 companies; the Smart Helmet could find it’s way into a number of industrial markets including factory operations, building maintenance, aircraft engineering and more!

Another example comes in the form of NGRAIN’s Augmented Reality Player. Promoted as a the final final piece of an end-to-end content strategy, NGRAIN AR allows users to build 3D content enriched with real-time data and overlay it on top of physical objects. The end result is down to the user, however it’s applications range from real-time machinery reporting to fault-finding. Lockheed Martin is one of the companies trialing the AR system with its F-35 and F-22 aircraft. With smart-enabled devices, engineers can overlay graphics on top of equipment to help highlight damage and areas for repair. Because of this, engineers are working up to 30% faster!

We’re already starting to see the foundation for the AR applications of the future. Samsung has recently filed a patent for a contact lens that could overlay internet-connect services directly into the user’s line of sight. Google is following suit with a similar application that sits within the medical industry. Applications that promote IoT’s progressive principles are helping to pave the way for a technologically-rich world that many industries and markets are still to adopt.

Our experience working with the latest technology makes us the ideal choice for your industrial IT needs. With an extensive product portfolio from our premier partners, Dell OEM and Advantech, along with a support infrastructure that rivals our much bigger competitors, we can help get your solution to market with a service that is second to none.