Paul Mathai of Manufacturing.net recently wrote, "Over the last few years, augmented reality (AR) technology and its application have been progressing in leaps and bounds. A couple of years ago, the AR application patterns were broadly along the lines of: A pop-up virtual object on a 2D marker… What’s inside the box… A virtual fitting room…" etc. Mathai goes on, "The first wave was mostly exploratory in nature, and looking back, quite simple compared to the current applications trends. The early adoption was oriented towards wowing the customers in product marketing or familiarizing consumers on the product features or user training in field services… Technologically, AR evolved from simple 2D-marker-based, to geo-tagged and then to natural-marker-based platforms. And from the device perspective, it has evolved from mobile handhelds to eye-wearables like the Google Glass."
He continues, "Doing some crystal-gazing into the future, I see AR leap-frogging into the next level of sophistication. Interestingly the common factor seen is AR being integrated with other cutting edge combination technologies to produce interesting new applications in manufacturing. Here is a look at a select few of these mashed-up applications."
One such application is context-aware AR: "context-aware AR is another development we observe due to advancements in semantic data and location awareness technologies. For example, in an airport maintenance service work scenario, the prime live-streaming video from the solo worker at the work-spot is used to give contextualized views to each role supporting him. The plumber gets the plumbing-line views, the electrician gets the electrical-line views, the civil-engineer gets the structural engineering views and so on."
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