Augmented Reality, AR, is a new way of communicating in an interactive way within different matters from business to warfare and medicine.
“The primary value of augmented reality is that it brings components of the digital world into a person’s perception of the real world through the integration of immersive sensations that are perceived as natural parts of an environment.“
AR started with being used in the entertainment and gaming businesses but now, more fields are seeing this as an opportunity for knowledge sharing, educating, managing the information flood and organizing distant meetings.
In biopharmaceutical industry, Apprentice Field Suite (AFS), is a new transforming technology that make it possible to increase the efficiency and reduce downtime. AFS’s technology combines smart glasses with biopharma-specific software that let people to see through others eyes. The software overlays tags on equipment and lets wearers access data in their glasses, leaving their hands free for other tasks. There are three modules that AFS application can provide; Tandem, Manuals and Gauge (measurement).
Tandem is a troubleshooting component when the technicians can be in several places by enabling an engineer to see in real time on a phone or tablet. The operator sees when e.g. the engineer circles a panel or button on a tablet or smart phone.
Manuals is a heads-up display for data access, providing visual access to checklists, standard operating procedures, batch records or other information through smart glasses. It can be advanced by voice commands or gestures.
Gauge enhances safety by providing clear indications of lockouts and tagouts. Whereas lock-out equipment can be marked with a red “X” if it’s in use. Gauge also notes when readings are outside established parameters and color-codes them so operators know if something is wrong. It translates analog readouts to digital information and pulls it into a database.
So, what are the necessary components needed in this to make it work?
Processors, display, sensors and input devices are the necessary components for making AR to work. It can be visualised in different methods like eye glasses, smartphone, watch and so on. Depending on what you want to use it for, it can be beneficial to choose the proper method. Like in laboratories in companies like HCS Pharma, they are using eye glasses that shows measurements (instead of looking at manuals), taking photos and making notes to lower downtime and increase efficiency.
XMReality, founded in 2007 by Swedish Defence Researcher Agency is a leading company in AR-enabled knowledge sharing. The company is using an AR software solution for industry use: XMReality Remote Guidance.
It is amazing how such technology can be helpful in so many ways. IKEA has even developed an app where you can design the room before you buy the furnitures, having the same AR-properties. See videos below!
Biopharmaceutical laboratory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlrROJrpfkU