Assisted Reality (AR) is a form of digital technology that allows a user to view relevant information through a hands-free display, usually mounted on a helmet or glasses for convenience. This new way of giving workers on-demand access to information and help is taking the industrial field by storm. And, despite the media focus on more complex reality technologies under development, such as Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, industrial enterprises are finding that assisted reality is both ready and valuable today. Here are the top three benefits of adopting Assisted Reality (AR) in your industrial enterprise:
1. Easier access to relevant and reliable information
Relevant and reliable digital information is now within an industrial worker’s line of sight with the aid of an assisted reality (AR) technology device. These devices are useful for displaying hands-free two-dimensional content, usually in various forms of multimedia such as documents, images, videos, diagrams, and the like. This allows simplification of multi-step tasks and eliminates the necessity of paper-based processes, content, and documentation. And since assisted reality devices are designed to be used with voice and eye tracking controls, workers don’t have to stop what they are doing to refer to a checklist or page through a service manual.
2. Increased productivity and efficiency of the industrial workforce
Choosing the proper piece of wearable assisted reality technology is essential in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your industrial workforce. Assisted reality technology devices such as those from RealWear provide the utmost convenience to workers by using headsets to perform tasks traditionally provided by Android tablets or rugged laptops.
Such tasks include, but are not limited to: accessing digital resources, capturing videos and images, completing checklists and forms, performing location-based tasks using GPS, etc. Additionally, industrial companies such as Boeing and General Electric Ventures have recorded increased productivity rates of up to 46 percent, reduced error rates by 30 percent, and production time and first-time quality improvement rates as much as 25 percent when using assisted reality devices.
Also, multinational companies using an assisted reality software platform have reported an average performance improvement rate of 32 percent. With stats like these, assisted reality technology has proven to be invaluable for several industries.
3. Significant cost reductions
Industrial work has always taken place in hazardous environments from factory floors to gas pipelines. The use of assisted reality technology devices, such as those from RealWear, offer hands-free and voice-enabled controls to safely keep worker attention on the task at hand. These headsets also come equipped with high-resolution cameras and noise-canceling microphones and headphones so that workers can clearly communicate with supervisors and guidance experts remotely. This allows significant cost reductions and increased safety through remote monitoring and collaboration rather than traditional on-site support. It’s no wonder that many industrial and manufacturing companies are turning to assisted reality as the next major step in their technology toolset. And with increasing options in both hardware and software for assisted reality applications, deploying an AR solution in the field is both cheaper and quicker than you might think.
Interested in incorporating assisted reality technology into your enterprise? Contact our experts at Concannon XR now for an AR consultation.