What exactly is Augmented Reality and how can it be applied to industrial needs? This is technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on the user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite image. Unlike Virtual Reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, Augmented Reality uses the existing environment and overlays information on top of it. This is done by overlaying projected images via goggles or smartphone. Augmented Reality devices are often self-contained, meaning that—unlike VR headsets—they are completely untethered and do not require a cable or desktop computer in order to function.
Applications using augmented reality can be as simple as text-notification or as complicated as a visual description of a CNC machine. The software can highlight certain features, enhance understanding, and provide appropriate data. The key point is that the information provided is highly tailored and relevant to what the user is working on at any given time.
AR technology has already created many opportunities for the industrial shop floor. AR aims to increase productivity by quickly identifying problems, cutting down on production downtime, and keeping all the processes running smoothly.