Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we work. By overlaying digital information in the real world, AR enhances productivity, collaboration, and efficiency in the workplace. It blends the natural and digital worlds, creating new opportunities for connection and engagement.
AR overlays computer-generated elements onto the real world using devices like smartphones and tablets. Unlike virtual or mixed reality, AR does not require headsets. AR can transform training and onboarding processes by providing immersive learning experiences at a lower cost than traditional methods. It reduces the need for human trainers, lowers travel costs, and improves knowledge retention through interactive simulations and real-time guidance. Gamification elements in AR training can enhance focus and participation.
AR also improves collaboration by bridging the gap between remote teams. With AR-powered teleconferencing, employees can visualize and interact with 3D models, share information, and collaborate as if they were physically present. This leads to increased efficiency, innovation, and productivity. Companies using AR have reported significant improvements in productivity and task completion time.
AR has numerous applications in building a safer future. Engineers can use AR glasses to overlay schematics and instructions directly onto equipment, reducing the need for constant reference to manuals and devices. In dangerous environments like construction sites, AR provides a safer alternative that minimizes errors and saves time.
AR enables remote support and maintenance by allowing technicians to receive real-time visual instructions and guidance. Experts can virtually annotate the technician’s view, improving troubleshooting and reducing downtime. AR can be particularly efficient and accurate in complex scenarios.
With AR glasses designed for enterprise use, workers and employers can address privacy and limited space. Ultraportable and comfortable AR glasses, like Lenovo’s ThinkReality A3, create customized workspaces anywhere and offer complete privacy. The enterprise market for smart glasses is projected to grow significantly, primarily for training and remote assistance in sectors like healthcare, logistics, and manufacturing.
Tech companies are investing in AR and enabling connected experiences to provide the necessary infrastructure for data-intensive computing processes. Embracing AR in the workplace opens avenues for innovation, efficiency, and growth, ensuring businesses stay ahead in the evolving work landscape. The future of work is augmented, and the possibilities are fascinating.
Several companies we are watching in this space:
- Morpheus XR
- Campfire 3D
- DigiLens Inc.