The appeal of augmented reality (AR) has excited businesses across industries, but for manufacturing, the hype exceeds the practical application.
Sales of AR glasses are forecast to reach roughly 26 million units by 2023, and there are no signs of sales slowing down. Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, the potential applications of AR devices have grown even further. As The Wall Street Journal noted: “Across multiple industries, augmented reality, or AR, has transitioned during the pandemic from intriguing experiment to everyday tool.”
But how realistic is using AR in the manufacturing workforce? While the technology shows great promise, a more practical look at AR devices in real manufacturing environments suggests we’re still a long way off. AR signals a potential disruption for instruction and training in manufacturing, but when the industry benchmark is still using paper manuals and over-the-shoulder training, making the leap straight to AR is more fantasy than reality.
Read more here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2021/03/04/how-ar-can-actually-shape-the-future-of-manufacturing/?sh=c1f0de154756