Many people identify augmented reality with video games, among other reasons, because of the enormous success that Pokémon Go had a few months ago. Another reason why it is usually related to the entertainment and video games sector is because of the confusion it generates with respect to technologies such as virtual reality, much more oriented to this type of activity; although as we already explained in the blog, virtual reality and augmented reality are different concepts.
It is true that augmented reality (AR) can be used as another entertainment mechanism, developing games that can mix the virtual world with the world that surrounds us, such as Escape Rooms, which combine invisible and / or virtual. Any sector where you can give directions to a user, client, visitor, worker; To carry out a specific action, and even to do it in less time, it can be improved with this technology. Let’s think about tourism, where we can guide a visitor through the points of interest of our city; in culture and art, where we can guide a person to the next work in an exhibition, and indicate information about it.
Now let’s think of an operator who has to perform maintenance or repair tasks on various highly complex equipment. Through an AR application, the components to be checked could be indicated, not only in a motor or an electrical cabinet, but in a complete installation. In this way, the operator will immediately identify the tasks to be carried out in the shortest possible time.
One of the most popular AR applications in the industrial world is AR headset and if we talk about AR headset in the industry, we cannot forget the RealWear HMT-1. This AR headset was first launched in 2017 and quickly became the market leader in the following years. Why? RealWear HMT-1 is equipped with a full HD camera with high-level recording capabilities; 30 frames per second. The embedded camera also allows the user to take photos at 16 megapixels. This is higher than some popular smartphones on the market.
The viewing angle can be adjusted easily but it is important for the user to position the screen at an appropriate angle and distance. This smartglass is specially made for extreme industrial environments, such as mining. The frame is sturdy and impact resistant. It is recommended to equip it with a workband as the weight of the device can be more evenly distributed. This AR headset works on Android 8.1 so it is easy to operate by anyone. Not only easy to operate, this headset can also download Android applications to support work.
Another AR device that is also popular is the Vuzix Blade, an AR smartglass. The smartglass can help users to oversee the inspection, maintenance, and repair processes. This smartglass can be equipped with an 8MP camera plus Auto-Focus feature. The Vuzix Blade has UV protection so that it remains safe even when used frequently in hot days. It costs less than similar AR devices such as the RealWear HMT-1, making it easier for widespread application in the industry.
The two AR devices above are the two best examples of how AR technology is applied in industry, especially in extreme locations, and takes the industry to a higher level.