Innovate with AR Wearables

AR Wearables

AR wearables combine the digital and physical worlds seamlessly in an immersive environment. The most accessible form of AR for most uses smartphones, either through an app or web AR. AR wearables provide the same AR overlay but directly over the field of view, avoiding the need for holding a device.

Established AR wearables include the Microsoft Hololens and Google Glass. With the popularity and benefits of AR growing, new companies such as Magic Leap are launching to add their value to AR.

Immersive Experience

One of the main benefits of AR wearables is that the visuals are displayed directly over the field of view, allowing for a more immersive experience than using a smartphone. This also allows the use of hand tracking to create interactive experiences including integration of physical items or actions.

Increases Efficiency & Productivity

AR wearables can also increase efficiency where tasks need to be performed hands-free. Information or feedback can be given without the need for a handheld tablet, phone or book. This increases not only productivity but also safety, with hands remaining free to follow tasks without restriction.

Microsoft HoloLens case study on manufacturers Lockheed Martin showed a 90% increase in efficiency with AR wearables by streamlining the assembly process. Technicians used the hololens to show virtual step-by-step assembly instructions directly over their work area, reducing the time taken to work through the steps compared to traiditonal methods like paper or digital based guides.

Accessibility

AR wearables can be more accessible for those who cannot use or hold a smartphone. The AR software can be designed to require minimal or remote control so that AR can be experienced with minimal input, enabling more people to access the benefits.

Wearables like the Microsoft HoloLens have also been used for those with vision impairment. The modified HoloLens used the technology (minus the lens) to scan the environment and provide cues (both light or sound driven) to notify users of objects and people.

Remote Assistance & Real-Time Data Overlays

AR wearables allow video data to be sent and fed back in real-time, allowing easy hands-free remote assistance. Users can show experts via the wearable what the issue is and be offered the solution in real-time.

Having to switch between tasks to consider data can be time consuming and inefficient. By using an AR wearable to provide that data, not only does the user still have the capacity to perform tasks with their hands, they don’t need to move their gaze from what they’re doing to access information.

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We can advise on the best AR solution for your project. Our specialist immersive technology team develop AR apps for mobile, web and AR wearables. Get in touch to find out more.