Augmented Reality Is Key for Smart Manufacturing

Though so much of our attention has been on the Internet of Things, the cloud, Big Data, etc., augmented reality will help our people connect with the intelligent machines around them.

Last week I attended a conference strongly connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and on how IoT can help close the loop from design to product, through manufacturing and automation. I don’t want to talk again about IoT, not because there’s nothing to say, but because I think that I’ve written enough about it for now. I will write about IoT again only after I complete our first project, which we are working on now, and I have some real feedback from the real world. In order to not lose confidence in all the possibilities IoT enables, we need to start talking about real examples and no more about great theoretical use cases, especially in manufacturing. The conference I was at also focused a lot on virtual and augmented reality. This is a technology that is not often considered in the list of big trends that will transform the manufacturing world in the next few years—things like the cloud, Big Data, analytics, mobility and IoT. Probably because I was not expecting such a focus, I was really surprised of how a simple and integrated development environment could unlock the huge potential of augmented reality to help manage operations in a smart way. In my opinion, augmented reality could definitely be key to solving some of the problems that manufacturing companies will face in the near future. Here’s why.

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