‘Augmented reality’ speeding assembly and service tasks

July 14, 2003 | Source: EE Times

Shorter development times and faster repairs are making “augmented reality,” a system for displaying electronic information in the form of images, a possibility.

“In one possible scenario, a technician with data goggles bends over the engine block of a luxury car and removes the covering. He is receiving instructions through an ear piece telling him what to do next while his data goggles mark the screws and bolts on which he must next place his tool. When he turns his head, the instructions and markings still stay in the same place: A tiny camera on the technician’s helmet reports each of his head movements to the computer, which makes the necessary corrections….”