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Virtual and Augmented Reality Target the Manufacturing Floor

Posted November 04, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Manufacturers are beginning to kick the tires as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) become more viable in production environments. The technologies show early promise in reducing error rates and improving productivity. The primary use case, particularly for AR, is remote collaboration or assistance, because it allows users in different locations to see the same thing at the same time. Acting as a "visual wizard," AR and VR can be particularly useful in guiding machine operators or maintenance personnel on actions for which they may not be fully trained or fully understand. However, a steep climb to broader adoption remains.


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