Augmented Reality in manufacturing

Augmented reality is already starting to permiate into consumer products - the advent of the iPhone and Blackberry with in-built GPS, cameras and compasses is allowing applications to know where you are and what you are looking at and layer over relevant information to the scene.

However, we've been more interested in how this technology can be applied to the working environment and business solutions.  This example from SAP shows nicely how it can help in production processes to support the operator in finding the parts they need - in an environment that is not tolerant of human error.




Or this example from BMW of how augmented reality might support a technician maintaining a car.  This has enormous potential to support training and enable better workflow.



Naturally, for human factors professionals there are concerns about de-skilling and usability, however the potential is fasinating.

As we look more at this area, we'll post more articles, so look out for them

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Augmented Reality in manufacturing

Monday, 26 July 2010

Augmented Reality in manufacturing

Augmented reality is already starting to permiate into consumer products - the advent of the iPhone and Blackberry with in-built GPS, cameras and compasses is allowing applications to know where you are and what you are looking at and layer over relevant information to the scene.

However, we've been more interested in how this technology can be applied to the working environment and business solutions.  This example from SAP shows nicely how it can help in production processes to support the operator in finding the parts they need - in an environment that is not tolerant of human error.




Or this example from BMW of how augmented reality might support a technician maintaining a car.  This has enormous potential to support training and enable better workflow.



Naturally, for human factors professionals there are concerns about de-skilling and usability, however the potential is fasinating.

As we look more at this area, we'll post more articles, so look out for them

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