Starbucks– the coffee company opened its biggest location recently in Shanghai combining coffee appreciation with a state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) system. Customers can watch beans being roasted as baristas brew cups using six different methods and beans from 30 countries. An integrated AR system, with a web-app built by Alibaba, will let customers explore the space with their smartphones. This is one great example how enterprises are embracing AR for greater consumer experience.
Immersive technologies such as AR, VR and MR are growing fast and transforming the way consumers and businesses interface and engage with the digital world. Enterprises are adapting or planning to adapt with this trend. Augmented reality services enable users to see real-time, graphical, contextual information about their smart, connected products.
IoT is all about gathering data and turning it into information and augmented reality is all about providing people doing the work with that information in a form that allows them to do more with it. With the data collected by IoT devices, the intention is to help the end users visualize the analyzed results through the right contextual lens and AR can provide unparalleled benefits.
Through AR dashboards, maintenance/repair engineer can see the real-time temperature, speed, vibration of an IoT-connected engine and see the contextual instructions for how to disassemble a piece of machinery. AR can provide field service personnel with easy access to situationally relevant information that supports their work.
Augmented Reality in manufacturing will revolutionize the manufacturing industry by reducing the downtime & maintenance time with easy access of data.
Heavy machinery makers are using augmented reality technology for predictive maintenance enabling a user to look at a machine and instantly see a visual overlay that states when various components need to be replaced, how much fuel has been used, and how much weight, say, a backhoe is carrying. The technology could also actively assist users in maintenance operations, taking them through the steps required to, for instance, change an air filter. Augmented Reality glasses are being used to help a human operator perform tasks on the assembly floor
In the agricultural sector where water is one of the main resources, sensors in the soil can help inform them exactly when watering is necessary. A farmer could be walking through the field and see the moisture level of the soil, the temperature of the crops. AR can also be used to monitor the performance of your water pump or your harvester to see if it is operating normally or running out of gas or if the temperature is too high.
Healthcare, retails, tourism industry too can take lot of benefits with AR and when clubbing with IoT it will give real-time information.