In recent years, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become integral parts of the multimedia landscape, as well as the industry. The underlying technologies have reached a high level of maturity, and the spread of the required end devices is being accelerated by technological advancements. On the one hand virtual reality (VR) is transporting us into a fantastical world filled with realistic images, sounds, and other sensations. And on the other hand, there is the augmented reality (AR) that inserts virtual objects or texts into the real world.
Today, both technologies have been used in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, aviation, healthcare, extractive sector, law enforcement, education, and real estate industries. The following are the main areas in which both technologies can excel and become effective solutions:
- Repair and maintenance
- Inspection and quality assurance
- Design and assembly
- Immersive training
VR/AR aid in the detection and elimination of risks, as well as the training of personnel, resulting in fewer onsite accidents. Using these technologies precision can be improved at every stage of the industrial manufacturing process, resulting in shorter time-to-market and higher-quality manufactured items.
There are many good examples of how immersive technologies can improve the efficiency of the assembly process. Boeing for example achieved outstanding results by equipping their personnel with hands-free AR equipment, increasing their productivity and cutting wiring production time significantly.
Another example of how the technology is being used is the Gatwick Airport, which uses augmented reality to assist passengers in catching flights. Therefore, the world's first augmented reality wayfinding app was introduced. For this reason, there are 2,000 beacons or navigation points spread throughout the airport, that helps passengers to quickly determine their exact location within the facility by utilizing the app.