Augmented reality as a technology brings about a digital transformation in the physical world through images, text, and 3D models. An important aspect of AR is to superimpose the information which it collects from an IoT device on the same device in a manner in which the consumer can consume the information in a meaningful and effortless manner. It has been predicted that the AR market will reach $56.8 billion by 2020. Let’s discuss some use cases of AR: The Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI), a research organization, has deployed AR for plant start-up procedures where an operator can complete a task much faster than usual. Further, Comau, which is a part of the Fiat group, has enabled an AR-powered system to help a user assemble a robot wrist in lesser time and with fewer errors in comparison to the standard parameters without the use of AR. Although AR has come a long way, it has challenges ranging from expensive hardware and non-availability of AR content. Recently, at a workshop conducted by Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), 65 organizations came together to offer insight into the challenges of AR and create a guideline development process. It has been predicted that this will help create a roadmap for the future and evaluate AR solutions before deploying them. The guideline documents AR features such as hardware which comprises of connectivity, battery life, onboard system, storage, and environmental aspects. It also includes software such as authoring, 3D content, IoT, and creation of 3D content.
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