The so-called industry 4.0 continues to generate good results and bring new technologies that impact the way professionals in the area work. In addition to the more efficient and connected equipment, now manufacturers, logistics centers, and industries, in general, can count on virtual reality (or VR – Virtual Reality) and augmented reality (AR), to improve their operations.
Devices are popularly known as “augmented reality glasses” are starting to gain space in this segment, bringing interactivity features that generate unheard of and unthinkable benefits until recently. Thanks to new processing, connectivity, and software features, augmented reality is a feature that is becoming increasingly applicable and relevant to users. One of the most popular AR headsets is the RealWear HMT-1.
The applications of RealWear HMT-1
The RealWear HMT-1 is very flexible in its applications and can be used for different purposes, depending on the customer’s needs. Below, we bring together some of the modalities that have aroused greater interest in the industries and provided improvements in their activities.
Maintenance teams need, by virtue of their work, to be generalists, in order to be able to deal with a wide variety of situations quickly and effectively, not allowing breaks and defects to stop production for a long time. On the other hand, as the complexity of the equipment increases, specialized support becomes an increasing need.
With the use of this RealWear device, this displacement can be avoided in many cases. From the superimposition of images with Augmented Reality, a specialist can remotely pass visual instructions to the local team, allowing a clear assessment of the situation and even conducting the remotely repair with the support of personnel at the factory or in the field.
Training, qualification, solution of doubts in the operation of equipment: all these situations can be facilitated through this AR headset. With the projection of images on equipment or production areas, it is possible to receive instructions from virtual assistants, who clearly show what must be done.
Another interesting aspect is the combination of this type of device with voice picking tools. This application is aimed at the quick location of items in warehouses and logistics centers and can be improved by the visual resources provided by this device.
Data collection and processing
One of the great achievements of IIoT was the ability to generate relevant data for the company directly from connected equipment, supplying management platforms with important information. With the use of AR headset/smartglass products, companies are able to capture and process much more data and with more speed, directly at the point where they are generated, with part of the processing taking place locally on the device, and another remote, on the server where it is connected.
Deployment and requirements
Obtaining all the advantages and functionalities of RealWear HMT-1, like almost all IIoT equipment, depends on some infrastructure requirements. Although it has some degree of autonomy, to awaken its full potential, it is necessary to have connectivity and processing structures that act locally and remotely. Given that this type of project can be complex to be implemented, it is interesting to have a partner who can act from the creation of the project to its implementation and provision of solutions.