Clutch Names Plutomen as India’s leading AR & VR Company

AR and VR are taking over, and companies are starting to harness their power for their businesses. The global market for virtual reality is expected to grow by about 21.6% every year until 2027. Here at Plutomen Technologies Private, we believe in the power of technology and how immensely it shapes the world, especially the power of AR-VR and the revolutionary times of industry 4.0.

Located in the heart of Ahmedabad, India, our company has more than 7 years of experience in consulting and providing solutions to boost productivity and increase profitability. Our quest is to create solutions that help companies achieve better productivity, cost optimization & Customer Satisfaction.

In line with our commitment, we’ve recently been recognized by Clutch, a B2B reviews and ratings platform, as one of Ahmedabad’s leading AR and VR companies. The report on Clutch found that Plutomen is one of the top fifteen in the new emerging technologies category. Considering that the competition here is no joke, we are absolutely honored to be recognized by Clutch.

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To express our gratitude and sentiments, here is a message from our esteemed chief executive officer:

“We are extremely excited to receive recognition from Clutch, which has not only elevated our position, but has also strengthened our motivation to stay committed in serving the best. We plan to reach organizations across U.S.A., Europe and Japan, to serve our solutions, assisting in boosting productivity manifolds.”

In addition to our recent recognition from Clutch, we’re also stoked to announce that we’ve been featured on Visual Objects, a portfolio website that highlights the projects of the best creative agencies worldwide. The directory on Visual Objects states that we’re one of the application development companies in India.

Clutch’s recognition and Visual Objects’ feature wouldn’t be possible without our passionate team members and supportive clients. We are thankful for these opportunities. We believe that our success as a company reflects our dedication to our clients — we are proud to have their stellar reviews featured on our Clutch profile.

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Merge of VR & AR with AI

Though VR, AR and AI aren’t new terms, let’s commence with some quick definitions of these technologies and everyday examples.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a machine or program which is capable of performing tasks which would otherwise require human intelligence. Google Maps uses AI to suggest the fastest route to a destination based on the movement of traffic.

Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of technology to create a simulated environment which can be interacted by a user. VR is used by brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Gap to experience fashion shows and try on clothes virtually.

Augmented Reality (AR) is a setup where certain aspects from the real world are enhanced with the help of computer input. Pokémon Go – need say more? When looked through the smartphones, the superimposed images of Pokémon in the physical world existed due to AR.

These three technologies are complementary, and their fusion is the doorstep of transformation and opportunities. While AI has been around for quite some time, a blend of VR-AI and AR-AI will change how we live and do business. These technologies have the potential to gain traction and penetrate into our lives – it’s common to see people upload pictures with cat whiskers! And this is not limited to camera filters.

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In Medicine, some advanced microscopes tampered with intelligence are able to detect cancer cells with high accuracy levels. Undoubtedly, the quality of healthcare would enhance if the usage of AR & VR increases coupled with AI. The way we learn gets much more efficient when we become a part of the process. Google Expeditions lets you explore the world and content on a range of subjects including history, science and arts from a classroom using AR and VR. At workplaces, discussions over a product through its 3D model would boost the exchange of views and led to more inputs from designers.

The single most benefit of AI is its capability of making intelligent decisions. It’s become a part of sport competitions as it can process numerous calculations and data sets. Let’s understand how AR and VR projects can influence different industries when implemented with AI.

Benefits of VR and AI

AI can provide insights and respond to the simulated environment created with VR. With this thought, some industries have already begun with the merge of these two technologies. And a combination of two different technologies has only increased the possibilities.

  • Travel & Tourism –This industry uses VR to provide customers with a glimpse of how their experience will look like. Here, AI can be employed to answer the questions raised by the customers or help them with decision-making.
  • Gaming – VR has a significant place in the gaming sector already. VR takes gamers in a different environment with out-of-the-world experiences. The characters in those games can be made smart and interactive with the application of AI to provide an even immersive experience.Layer 1
  • Shopping – Volvo offers test drives to potential customers from the comfort of their homes. When they need assistance with the dashboard or need to know about security features, AI should be able to accomplish the task. Similarly, VR lets customers try out clothing when they are purchasing remotely. AI can work as a sales associate to complete the sale procedure.

Benefits of AR and AI

AR and AI are super versatile and are productive resources in many sectors. The amalgamation of the two is quite deep and it often gets difficult to figure out where AI ended, and AR started!

  • Chatbots – Chatbots, running on AI, are utilized by many brands on their websites and are constantly developed. In online stores, coupling them with AR will create a unique experience for the customers as they shuffle through items suggested by the bot. Similarly, a bot can determine what makeup products are right for the customer and AR can allow the customer to visualize the same. Research highlights that 59% of online shoppers believe finding items on a personalized store is easy and interesting.
  • App development – For superimposing virtual images in the physical world, the system requires traditional computer vision techniques. AI has the ability to create maps of the outside world and track movements, and hence it replaces the need for the traditional techniques. Similarly, if AI could listen and understand the voice inputs, AR can trigger effects in accordance to it.
  • Defense – Since AI can take complex decisions, a number of simulations from archives can be tested to find the best strategy in an AR military system. An advancement in this field can make the system capable of identifying and labelling threats.

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Plutomen ARMS is an AR tool that works on a similar blend of technologies to provide real-time support should you encounter industrial problems.

Back in 2018, 82%companies that implemented VR and AR said the benefits were either meeting or exceeding their expectations. Today, VR and AR present incredible opportunities and a merge with AI will create more interactive and immersive experiences. The future of this technical amalgamation is quite promising if the businesses continue to explore the potentials. A proper implementation of VR & AR with AI will enhance the way you work, get the desired experience for the consumers, and translate into revenues.

Plutomen Technologies in an AR and VR based enterprise that focuses on possibilities and provides innovative solutions. We explore the latest technologies, like a blend of AR/VR with AI, to provide handy solutions for e-commerce, education, real estate, automotive, manufacturing, etc.

Plutomen Vnotes – Augment your business with annotations

In our personal and professional life, we have been using sticky notes for multiple purposes. Be it a reminder, essential information, or checklist, sticky notes are useful for small text that requires an action. Plutomen VNotes is an AR-based app that allows users to virtually tag notes, images and videos in the real environment to any fixed object. Let’s have a detailed look at VNotes and how it can be used across multiple industries.

How does Plutomen VNotes work?

Using the VNotes app, any user can tag notes, images, and videos to a fixed object and keep it private or share with other team members inside the app. You can also use the tag to create a task and assign it to someone. Let’s have a look at the video to understand in detail.

Once the virtual note is assigned to an object, it can be fixed as per the geolocation and can be rechecked via the AR view. You can locate it, view it back, and update it if required. Let’s have a detailed look at how Plutomen VNotes can be used in multiple domains and various use-cases.

A simple process of 5 steps makes VNotes easy to implement

Using VNotes in any domain is a very straightforward process. First, go to the area or object where you want to put a virtual note, open the app and follow these steps:002

5 step process of using VNotes at work:

  1. Using the app, scan area or object where you want to put the note.
  2. Tag the object, and create a textual note, put an image or video.
  3. You can use the note to create a task and assign it to someone or share the note with anyone,
  4. You or any user who has received the virtual note can locate and recheck it.
  5. You can update the VNote, add information, or update the task status.

Plutomen VNotes is best suited for manufacturing, repair, and operations

Let’s say someone is working as a junior operative at an aluminum line in a large factory. The operator notices that the sheet rolling mill is having some issues and it needs to be fixed by an engineer or machinery expert whos not present at this moment. The operator can scan the machine, attach a note to it and share it with the factory supervisor.

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The factory supervisor can then share the virtual note with the earliest available engineer and assign him a task. Once the engineer comes at the factory, he can quickly locate the faulty machine using the app, fix the issue and update status in the app, which is visible to both manager and junior operative.

Plutomen VNotes is the optimal solution to minimize communication gaps in industries such as manufacturing, maintenance, industrial training, construction, and multiple other industries. The possibilities are endless.

Using VNotes in your business will improve productivity and efficiency

VNotes can be used for quick information exchange, assign the task, and communicate important information. Compared to traditional mechanisms, assigning and monitoring tasks, keeping the track record of updates becomes much faster. Plutomen VNotes increases the productivity of workers and helps them complete tasks quicker with high efficiency. You can visit this link to learn more.

Are you planning to implement Plutomen VNotes in your business?

We are one of the leading providers of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality solutions including VNotes and Plutomen ARMS. Our team is skilled in providing solutions that inspire, inform and educate users. If you are looking for a reliable solution provider for VNotes, contact us or send us an email. We would love to deliver help you improve your business.

AR and VR in Mining Industry : Transforming the Future

According to the global analysis of the world mining industry in 2018 performed by an Australian firm PwC , the Mining industry has a market capitalisation of around 926 billion USD, which is 30% higher than that of in 2017. Other essential data are as follows:

  • Revenues increased by 23% to 600 billion USD
  • EBITDA rose 38% to 146 billion USD
  • Net profit up 126% to 61 billion USD
  • Employee costs increased by 5%
  • Female board representation increased to 19%

Minerals beneath the earth are treasures gifted by nature. On one side, the data mentioned above brings a smile, but it has a flip side too. If we carefully go through the 2018 Deloitte report regarding the challenges faced by the mining industry, it will help us understand the kinds of crises the mining industry is facing.

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  • Lack of digitalisation at mining sites.
  • “Status Quo” situation without new innovative ideas for the same.
  • Being infamous for the working conditions and exploitation of the miners.
  • Poor relations with the stakeholders.
  • Lack of research and development for training
  • Inefficient water management.
  • Incompatibility with the market needs.

The point to be noted here is that despite these challenges, the mining industry has shown tremendous growth. So, we can well imagine if these challenges are appropriately addressed, the growth of the particular sector will be beyond expectations. Most of the difficulties mentioned in the Deloitte reports can be solved by using the newer technological innovation termed as Augmented Reality (AR). It is the type of change that combines the digital world with the real world. To date, we have seen many applications of AR that find use in various fields. Let’s now focus on the question of exactly how the AR will be helpful in the mining industry.

The Use of AR in the Mining Industry

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The goal is to solve the problem of innovation and to reduce the hazardous condition for human beings. AR can help in defining the exact target areas for blasting as well as to improve training for new workers and sensing the real situation imaginarily. AR in mining will increase accuracy and safety. Ultimately, it would lead to a marked difference in productivity by making the mining smarter than what it is today. The mining industry has proper plans for exploration and includes exploring the minerals, selection of the site, drilling depth identification, handling the sand and clay, and transporting the extracted minerals, etc.

AR can help at every stage of the mining process. Let’s see AR systems’ applications step by step in various stages of it.

Possible AR Systems in Mining
  1. AR in Drilling Operations AR can help in the visual guidance of the drilling process to the new workers. Also, AR can be extended for providing real-time location and the orientation of the drill bit between the rock surfaces. It will facilitate the driller for faster reaction and needed adjustments to improve the drilling accuracy at 100%. AR will help in having the real-time data analysis of the stress generated in the drill bit to prevent the sudden rupture of a drill. Thereby ensuring the safety at the mining site.
  2. AR for Navigational Aid & Operator AssistanceAR visuals could greatly benefit surface mining operations with poor visibility, due to high amounts of dust or rain, for safety purposes. AR applications could be made to allow the operators to see hazardous scenarios and objects. These objects could be of any type like road boundaries, approaching vehicles, or the distance to reserve the dumping site crusher. The beneficial virtual overlays could include information on a vehicle travelling speed, current load, remaining fuel capacity, estimated duration until next required fuel refill, and a GPS guidance system. Operator efficiency and average load per hour could also be monitored and displayed to encourage operators to improve their productivit
  3. Maintenance and Repair AR can be exclusively used for the routine PM (preventive maintenance) rather than stereotyping it and being taken for granted maintenance tasks. Maintaining various instruments working on the mining site is an essential part. With the help of AR, one could have the data of any machine or device on the table itself in digital form. This data can be used to analyse the current situation of the particular machine and hence deciding the maintenance to reduce the deterioration of it.

Live video chats can be held with distant or off-site experts for consultation while working on a specific task. Furthermore, the expert could also be able to see what the AR user is seeing through a camera installed on an AR device while he/she is doing his work. The Virtual 3D holograms or 2D inputs that are being viewed by the user can then be operated by the said expert to discuss specific parts, areas, or items. The above figure shows an example of applying AR for maintenance in the military industry. ARM5

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We’ve seen so far the use of augmented reality in the case of the mining industry. Besides the use of AR, VR, too, can perform for the betterment of the mining industry. VR is an entirely unknown universe. In other words, a world that goes beyond our imagination. Unlike AR, VR does not combine the real world with the digital one. Though, VR finds its place firmly in helping to solve the problems of mining industries. Let’s have a look.

VR in the Mining Industry

The very first and crucial part of the mining process is blasting. If it goes wrong, it may cause fatal injuries to the people working on the site as well as a loss of various properties too. To overcome this problem and to ensure the perfect blasting, VR is helpful.

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VR can train one efficiently and ensures that trainees practice their skills. One is required to sit in a dark training room with a rock presented on a huge interactive canvas. An electronic spray would be used to create a measured mark on the blast points, and the trainees would be required to practice igniting the explosives in the correct sequence and in a default sequence that is almost real. While going through this, they can witness the cracking of rocks, their reaction as well as fracture. In case, some mistakes occurs, it can be emphasised with the help of markings.

One can try and visualise that they are in an office on a mining site, and a trainer asks you regarding the process of inspecting an excavator before your shift starts. You could be a novice to the industry and hardly have any experience as a mining operator. The instructor could be excellent, but maybe you were bored and lost interest after 20 minutes of being still in one place.

Let’s imagine something different; you have put on a VR headset and are part of a virtual environment that is precisely similar to the mining site where you are supposed to be working. One can go through the machine along with the instructor, have a close look at it, use the handheld controllers, and discuss things that are difficult to understand. With this, the required details erupt along with vital points. An example of the Use of VR in the Mining Industry

The result and output of the EMIMSAR system was so positive that RAG, the German coal miner, immediately installed it. RAG, KOMAG (Polish Mining Automation Institute), along with DMT, worked for the development of the system. As of now, it is being used for loaders, maintenance planning on longwall equipment, belt conveyors, etc. These days immersive VR is more of a global trend rather than being confined to specific markets. The University of Pretoria , in collaboration with Kumba Iron Ore , opened a US $1.3 million VR centre with all the state of the art facilities.

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The centre has 3-D stereoscopic theatre, a lecture hall with an Immersive VR system, and a 3-D 360° cylinder. It provides access to modules showcasing a vast range of current environments and practical scenarios as well as products related to virtual reality simulation.

After this detailed discussion over AR and VR applications in the mining industry, the biggest question that automatically arises is regarding environmental degradation. Apart from the aspects of productivity and accuracy, one can also address the application of AR and VR in the mining industry, which would be concerning the impact on society as well as environmental safety.

We are well aware that the cobalt is mined and used for the batteries found in some of the smartphones and cars, about half of which gets extracted from the Dominican Republic. Though, the sad reality is the majority working in these mines are children. We hope with the advent of these advanced technologies, we would be able to keep the innocent lives away from the harm.

Effective water management can be achieved on the mining site by using smart technologies. It would address the problem of scarcity of water as well. Workers, especially the newer ones, generally make mistakes in initial training, and that is why they have to face exploitation from their bosses due to loss of resources during practice. Using VR and AR will prevent these scenarios and hence improving their self and social respect at the same time.

Different Digital Platforms & Apps of the Mining Industry
  1. EXECUTE Mine Planner by RPM global EXECUTE has been adopted at various sites worldwide. It was created to bring operational execution and short-term planning closer. As per the report by RPM Global, the organisations that have implemented the XECUTE have realised its importance and the fruitful results it could bring in.
  2. EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor by Schneider ElectricEcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor by Schneider Electric
    An intuitive tablet interface that superimposes real-time data and virtual objects onto cabinets or machines gives the operators speedy and efficient access to relevant devices and process information. It combines local dynamic as well as contextual information for mobile users in the field
  3. Virtual Reality Check Virtual Reality CheckIt allows its viewer to immerse in the story completely. It helps in creating an escape scenario virtually, as shown in the figure below.
  4. Pocket Blast Guide by Orica Mining ServicesIf you are into an integral and accident-prone task of blasting, a simple solution is the Pocket Blast Guide app by Orica Mining Services. It was introduced in 2012 during spring to offer product information, different conversions, calculations connected to blast, and other highly sensitive data. It led to the decrease in the role of paper-based manuals. The app is readily available offline, too, which makes it the best option to be used in mining locations without the coverage of internet, safety measures, and analysis of rock property and speeds up the process of carrying out delicate blasting calculations.
  5. Fly In – Fly Out (FIFO)The FIFO work schedule frequently used for remote mining operations is a boon for workers who often fly to a mine site and have to be away for several days before getting back to be with their family. It is a great way that gives one the chance to be in touch with their loved ones. It has been developed by Tyson Fitzgerald, a miner-turned-independent software consultant. It provides the miners the benefit to easily share their plan of duty/leave with their family and friends.
Summary

It’s high time we move ahead of the old mining practices followed on sites. With the discovery of newer technologies, the world economy is continually evolving. It should be the case for the mining industry too. AR and VR could help us in preventing harm and maintain efficacy. It could have a substantial impact on raising the mining industry’s capital as well.

At Plutomen Technologies , we offer various innovative solutions related to Augmented Reality for different industries to deliver customers with a surreal experience. Connect with our experts and get closer to the tool of your dreams.

 

What is Web Augmented Reality ? Benefits and the future of WebAR and Web design

According to the study of ‘Internet Live stats’, there are approximately 1.5 billion websites that are available on the internet in the world. This number however is not surprising by seeing the current trend of digitalization. Everybody wants his/her content or ideas or business or views to get tremendous reach that too in very much less time. And for this, website is a handy tool. But here the question is of better user engagement. What if you have created a good looking website with exceptionally well design aspects but still users don’t feel connected to your site? Conventional website developing is becoming boring day by day. Newer innovations are promptly accepted to make the website much user oriented. These new innovations come on its way. One of such innovations is the use of augmented reality on website. It’s widely known as WebAR (Web augmented reality). First of all, let’s start with the basic idea of WebAR.

WebAR (Web augmented reality)

WebAR : the name itself is self explanatory. WebAR is a branch of augmented reality which makes us feel and experience the enhanced reality with the help of handy devices like mobiles, tablets, etc. What if we could experience augmented reality by just surfing? Well, this is possible with the help of WebAR.

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With the use of JavaScript 3D rendering libraries to show an additional 3D object projected of what the mobile device or any other device’s camera shows us in real time. The same idea can generate a simple looking but very impressive augmented reality experience that can be experienced by the one who is having a smart-phone or resembling device.

As our users and website visitors want something new and fresh on a daily basis on our sites, we must understand their needs. And WebAR may serve as the solution to these dynamic needs of the users. The most affected and benefited section of the market may be the field of advertisement. Printed Ads were having their own existence and importance in an older time, but in this digitally advanced era, marketing on social media and websites are becoming popular amongst the digital world. WebAR is nothing but just a further advancement of digital marketing beyond traditional social media advertising.

In particular cases, the print and social media advertising have lost their charm of advertising but WebAR could add a new interactive dimension to this conventional and may be somewhat outdated advertising methods. WebAR can do this by using AR for immersive personalized and interactive experiences. Because if we think about the question that which tool is handy and catchy for the user? Definitely the answer would be handy electronic devices and websites. It will help us to convert the users. A call-to-action during the WebAR experience can make sign-ups, make a booking or make a purchase very much easier as possible for users.

Possibilities for lapses are much lesser in case of WebAR compared to wearable technologies. Web designers and developers have been trying their best to put AR into action in recent years. They’re mostly using the smart-phone cameras or laptop webcams to encourage users to get in touch with products and services.

Augmented Reality JavaScript (AR.js)

AR.js is a very effective tool because it runs entirely in a web browser, so you don’t have to download an app. This also means that you do not have to buy a particular device, such as an iPhone, to enjoy web AR. It will work on iOS 11, Android, Windows Mobile, or any other platform. It runs very fast, even if your phone is not so new and AR js is entirely open source and available on GitHub. For those of you who like A-Frame, it works well with AR.js

Another tool that is used with web AR is QR codes. Basically, you scan the QR code with your phone, and you will be redirected to a web page which will take you to the AR content. As you can imagine, such QR code augmented reality has many uses to it.

AR for Web Designers

AR applications for web design are in evolution phase. We must thank the creation and development of compatible plug-ins like WordPress VR for this. This type of plug-in helps web designers to upload 360-degree videos to their sites.

With AR becoming readily available to us, designers will continue to leverage the technology in mobile user interfaces as much as possible. The shift will provide users with an increasingly affordable option that significantly will make their browsing experience practical and vibrant.

WebAR examples

Augmented Reality in Browsers: Such as Argon4, AR browser, SDK, etc.

Augmented reality GPS: AR GPS Compass map 3D,AR GPS Drive/walk navigation, etc.

Lenskart : Lenskart is an online store for the spectacles. Earlier, they created the website and added an AR feature on it. With the help of this AR feature, the user is enabled to wear the desired frame of spectacles digitally to see how it looks on him/her. All this process was based on augmented reality. However, after some time of launching such webAR, lenskart shifted on making app for the same. But this AR feature had created a buzz in the market.

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The essence of WebAR is shown in the figure below:

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In this context there are other terms that we should learn about. And those could be simplified one by one as follows:

Web powered augmented reality

The term Web-powered augmented reality means the type of AR which is created on some browser with the help of HTML or other type of programming. Such ARs are mostly browser dependent. We will understand this with some examples for better understanding.

Nowadays, Google is working on a project to bring ARCore to the Web itself, using an experimental web browser, called WebARonARCore. There is already available an iOS version, similarly called WebAROnARKit . Mozilla has also recently joined the party, and has just released the WebXR Viewer iOS app . We’ll get to them soon.

A-frame is an emerging technology from Mozilla for competition against Google’s above product. A-frame allows you to create 3D Scenes and Virtual Reality experiences with just a few HTML tags. It’s built on top of WebGL, ‘Three.js’ and Custom Elements, a part of the emerging HTML Components standard. A-Frame has a growing ecosystem of various plug-ins, which make it even more powerful while at the same time keeping the syntax simpler.

Web based augmented reality and related experiments

Web based AR is a segment of web development that uses regular smart-phones to provide the user with an AR experience. A marker is used to orient the scene, and then current JavaScript 3D rendering libraries are used to depict a 3D object shown on top of whatever is in front of the cell phone camera. The result is a simple yet immersive experience that pretty much anybody can enjoy.

A firm called ‘nexus interactive arts’ has started experimenting on web based augmented reality. There are 4 experimental platforms are created by them. We will see them one by one.

  1. WeathAR : WeathAR is a real time responding website that helps you to find out the weather conditions around you on real time bases. It will only require your location permissions and there you go.004
  2. SolAR : SolAR is a visual aid which helps us in understanding our solar system. 005
  3. HoroAR : It is the platform on which showcases the current local time around the world. This project retrieves your location then renders the earth in relation to where you are at the current moment. Just move your phone around you to find local times in every location on earth. 006
  4. ARTE: ARTE is simply an interactive and augmented art gallery in the palm of your hand. This will be having two markers: one will be on a display of the sculpture and another to navigate between artworks. All assets are 3D scans, made public by the Louvre Museum.007

After getting this much brief about the Web augmented reality, let’s discuss the advantages that we will have after successful implementation of Web augmented reality. The sound benefits of WebAR may be concluded as follows.

Benefits of WebAR
  • Conversion may be considered as the key benefit. All users who are interacting with the website will be on their mobile device in a browser. By calculating the drop off, point we can introduce a call-to-action during the experience just before the user leaves the website. Third party authentication services like Login with Facebook will work especially well for this use case, by allowing a conversion in as little as 3 taps.
  • Dynamic content is another major benefit. By using services like geo-location and social media, we can create experiences targeting to the specific users age, interests or who they follow on social media. An example of this could be an advertisement for a clothes store. This website dynamically changes what clothes are shown in the AR experience based on the weather at the users’ location.
  • With online advertising methods like PPC (pay-per-click) we have the opportunity to make highly targeted adverts, but more importantly, online advertising allows the advertiser to see what demographics are responding to the advert. By having users engaging with WebAR, we have a great potential to capture some valuable detailed data or information such as age, gender, geo-location, etc. on the users interacting with the advertisement using existing services like Google Analytics and others.
  • WebAR helps a user to reduce the ROM usage of the mobile or desktop. By having availability of WebAR, you don’t need to install separate app for the same and that is why you would save much space of your device’s storage.
  • WebAR enables us to keep track of users’ interests and demands on a daily basis, so that we will be in constant engagement with our user and hence we will be able to generate more user/customer base on the internet.
  • It is also having the advantage of fast deployment time with lower costs. We can deploy our products in faster way using webAR and that too with the minimal investment. This will save money and time at the same time.
  • With WebAR, one can develop such an interesting and connecting ideas which may go viral on social media as well. Here, by only using social media will not get you the benefits of WebAR but vice versa is possible.
  • By the ideas like online product launch, one can save a large amount of resources and that too without compromising the reach and effectiveness as well. This will greatly benefit the manufacturing and services sector.
The Future for AR and Web Design

Augmented reality is an emerging technology and as we all know that emerging technologies are having challenges for developers and designers. As web design that incorporates AR increasingly goes dynamic. Investment in optimizing AR-infused desktop experiences becomes tricky, complex and time consuming at the same time. Though there is a great potential for AR on the web—it could be used in many applications such as shopping, education, entertainment, etc.

Targeting the audience and their user base would be crucial for the developer before taking advantage of AR. They must keep in mind one thing that AR is much more dependent on customer experience than VR (which is expressively used for gaming). Ultimately, AR is revolutionizing the web design industry and the best that is yet to arrive.

Summary

We have just seen some different and exciting ways web AR can be implemented, but what is just as impressive is that it is a win-win for everybody. For developers, this technology offers faster deployment times and fewer costs. For consumers, one of the main benefits is the accessibility. Everybody loves augmented reality. And users anywhere, will be able to enjoy it regardless of the device they are having. Furthermore, it can be used for all kinds of purposes to immerse the user in the content. While this could be for both commercial and educational purposes, the most important thing is that it opens up a lot of opportunities.

Creating Virtual Objects with Haptic Technology

Talking about the latest technology trends, our tongue may automatically be speaking some words like virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and extended reality. All these types of innovations are giving the fullest momentum to various industries in the market. Starting from VR giving completely different artificial environment to extended reality that provides extension in the real world by imaginary but real like environment, we will get to know that how fast the evolution of technology is taking place. And for experiencing such technologies like VR, we will need some kind of interfaces that may be haptic gloves, joysticks, VR box and many more. This discussion of ours will be completely based on the haptic gloves that are used to experience virtual reality.

First of all, we need to elaborate the word ‘haptic’ and then we will move further.

What is haptic?

This word, ‘haptic’ is derived from the Greek word “haptikos,” which simply means a ‘sense of touch’. Haptic refers to the technology that uses human touch to control and interact with computers. A user may apply a sense of touch through any means like vibrations, motion or it may be force. Haptic technology is primarily used in creating virtual objects, controlling the virtual objects and in the improvement of the remote control of machines and devices.

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In simple words, haptic is a feedback based technology. There are four different types of hardware that are most frequently used to provide haptic feedback:

  1. Eccentric mass rotation (ERM)
  2. Linear resonant actuators (LRA)
  3. Apple taptic engine
  4. Piezoelectric Actuators
What are haptic gloves?

Haptic gloves are that kind of hand gloves which allows a user to get in communication with the computer device with the use of haptic technology. It is a kind of wearable device that allows a user to connect virtually to the computer devices and hence experiencing the Virtual reality.

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Though there are not only the haptic gloves that are used for VR experience. There are mainly three categories of VR gloves:

  1. Haptic gloves
  2. Gamer gloves
  3. VR HMD and platform-specific gloves

Gamer gloves are specially made for VR game lovers to interact with the computer or playstation and play their favorite VR game. While VR HMD and platform specific gloves are those kinds of gloves which are made for any targeted platform or place.

Types of haptic gloves

Haptic gloves are further classified into three categories:

  1. Traditional gloves
  2. Thimbles
  3. Exoskeleton

Let’s understand them one by one.

Traditional gloves

This type of haptic gloves provide interaction with the 5 fingers, with 10 vibrotactile actuators placed as follows: one is located under each fingertip, three under the palm, and two on the back of the hand. The type of actuator used is unclear. The hand pose is measured by an IMU in it.

Thimbles

By “thimble” a configuration with an actuator attached to a fingertip is meant. If it is possible to combine several thimbles in order to provide feedback on several fingers at the same time. In such a way a function similar to that of a haptic glove emerges.

Exoskeleton

An exoskeleton is an articulated structure which the user wears over his/her hand, and which transmits forces to the fingers. Because of the need to adapt various hand sizes and shapes, designers do not usually adopt the same kinematics as the fingers because it would require for each user a very precise adjustment of the segment lengths. Instead, the structure runs in parallel to the fingers on the outside of the hand. A number of intermediate linkages attach the exoskeleton then to the different phalanges of the hand.

Now, at this point, we are all aware of haptic gloves and its technology. Let’s now explore the fields where it can bring great changes by helping us in our work.

Mainly, haptic gloves can be used in the following three applications: Simulation, training and design.

Haptic gloves in Simulation

Simulation is nothing but an imitation of the real situation or process. By simulation, one can simulate the real like situation and get the exact idea of correction in the process or a product. In today’s R&D based market, simulation is the essential part for some industries. Simulation reduces the cost of trial and error and hence, ultimately becomes a deciding factor in the overall price of the product in the market.

Today, designers and engineers can’t interact with a product until they build a physical prototype. With Haptic Gloves, it is possible for teams to touch and interact with 3D models throughout the product design process.

Recently, UK firm FundamentalVR is enhancing its VR surgery simulation platform with the addition of the HaptX Glove, giving surgeons haptic feedback directly to their hands. Surgical Haptic Intelligence Engine of FundamentalVR is designed to mimic the feel of operating on various types of human tissue, from subcutaneous fat to muscle and bone too. The platform, which has recently won an innovation award at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, is hardware agnostic and it can also be used with a range of off-the-shelf haptic equipment. Until now, this has consisted basically of haptic pens and arms that simulate the surgical tools. But with the integration of the HaptX Glove, users will now be able to engage directly with the VR simulation via their hands, guiding a tool held separately or manipulating the patient’s body.

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This is just a case of the use of haptic gloves simulation in medical sector. We can use it in any of the sector for real-like simulation and can prevent errors in the future.

Haptic gloves in training

Training is a crucial part of any industry. Training the employees with traditional methods seems boring nowadays. Training can be made live and interactive with the use of VR. VR helps for creating a real like imaginary environment and a new employee can witness the exact conditions he/she will be looking after in nearer future.

Haptic gloves can better the training experience. Fire safety, locomotive training, nuclear reactor operator training, etc. are the fields where the haptic gloves may prove its expertise.

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Major benefits of using haptic gloves for training purposes:

  • It increases the repetition without costing much
  • It improves safety and avoids danger posed by live training for high consequence scenarios.
  • It enhances realism by making the trainee to experience realistic interactions
Haptic gloves for designing purposes

The designers of any respective fields, whether it may be mechanical, electrical or computer, have to undergo the tedious process of designing via traditional methods. But, VR is there for them. Using haptic (VR) gloves, designer can transform his/her thoughts of designing any product in the computer itself with much lesser efforts.

VR gloves provide designers with the ability to generate and view three dimensional (3D) digital objects like never before. Instead of relying on 2D representations, designers can walk around 3D assets, view them from underneath or above, and use handheld remotes to create or adjust orientations.

Tactile feedback makes for an easier time when attempting the fundamental design task of selecting objects or portions of objects. Tactile selection improves the user experience by mitigating one of the most common VR pain points: accidentally “missing” aspects when trying to select or move them. Haptic feedback increases the designer’s locational awareness of objects and their constituent parts in 3D space, which creates a more effective experience making selections. The act of selection is such an important feature since it serves as the base for further manipulation. It is also surprisingly complex, such that entire dissertations are written on how to technically execute, a cause haptic gloves should.

Tactile feedback provided by haptic gloves creates an intuitive experience when adjusting the orientation of small and large objects. Designers can hold small objects in their hands as they would in the real world, and can use fingers in a precise manner to adjust the position or orientation of larger, floating objects.

List of Commercially available and trending Haptic gloves

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Conclusion

The haptic gloves come up with the rejuvenating wave for many industries. They help in various processes like simulation, training as well as designing as we have seen. It reduces a large amount of time and cost for the manufacturer is well. Till date, there are many technological changes are happening in this particular field. But still, the current versions are much better and we hope that we get the best out of it in the near future.

Smart city projects and technologies to keep an eye on

‘Smart City’, one of the visionary things of the new age world. Internet is changing our views about specific things such as information, data and gradually it is all set to change our whole imagination of modern town planning as well as the concept of modern cities as well. Let’s begin this ride by knowing that which city is termed as smart city and some till date statistics related to the same. So basically, a smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services.

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The below image shows how the population is getting urbanised year by year. It is expected that around 65% of the world’s population will be living in cities by the year 2040.

Smart City STATISTICS

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Now this urbanised population will have their own needs and those needs will be far more advanced than that of now. Governing bodies of all countries are having an urgent need to develop such concepts like smart cities to accommodate their needs as well as to grow with the rest of the world in coming advanced digital era. And not much surprisingly, developed as well as developing countries have started taking firm steps in this “Smart cities” field. It can be proved with the statistics of the number of smart cities around the world will have in 2025 from the image given below.

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Smart city is the concept which accommodates more than one parameters of Industrial revolution 4.0. It is based on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Extended Reality as well.

We will now take a closer look that how does the augmented reality technology helps in robust development of smart city.

AR Technology in Smart City

Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the market for it has matured enough for it to have the potential to play a central part in smart cities. AR can help in making the cities smart. As AR is a mixture of real as well as imaginary world, it can have a wider range of applications in case of smart cities.

A number of cities are starting to implement smart city technologies. The leading positions are held by Copenhagen, Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich and Boston. IESE Cities in Motion Strategies considers New-York, London and Paris to be the most advanced smart cities in the world.

One of the main components of the smart city concept is to make the urban environment more people centered. And that’s where augmented reality comes into play. Smart sensors, A.I., IoT are all technologies that contribute to the quality of life in a modern city. However, without augmented reality, this picture is incomplete. The other technologies are considered to be “back-end” technologies that work in the background and remain hidden from view. Augmented reality can be the interface which provides access to all the benefits of a smart city. With augmented reality, it is possible to interact with the normal environment in a completely different way. How? Let’s take a tour of them one by one.

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AR in Navigation Systems of Smart Cities
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The large metropolitan areas of modern cities makes it hard, even for local residents, to navigate. Many people navigate by looking at a smartphone screen. This is not the safest navigation approach, since you are usually not aware of your surroundings and it is easy to get into an accident. Creating an augmented layer with navigation can drastically improve the navigation experience and increase the safety of your journey.

AR as a Search Engine for Physical Places/Objects

Suppose that you are in a city and got hungry. You need to choose the best hotel from the bulk of options in front of you. In normal cities, you need to ask the surrounding people for the same. But if you are in a Smart city than AR will be helpful to you in a very innovative way as shown in below image.

AR improves the sightseeing experience of any Smart City

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While we use web browsers to navigate the Internet, there will be augmented reality browsers for navigation in an augmented reality world. However, this method of browsing will be dramatically different from what we have used on the Internet. Instead of simply typing a search query, AR browsing may involve physical interaction with the world, using gestures and body movements.

For instance, EcomARcio , an augmented reality powered ecommerce platform, aims to bring new shopping experience. While shopping is the most obvious application for augmented reality search engine, it definitely is not limited by it. Whether Google takes the initiative in the augmented reality search market or there is a new breed of start-ups in the augmented reality search market remains an open question.

Social Network for Citizens

Augmented reality can be used as a framework for a social platform, where citizens can interact with each other, share information and leave comments about real physical objects, such as restaurants, hospitals and other facilities.

For example, Andorra has created an AR social network for its citizens, where everyone can add comments on any object in the country and other users can see them. Think about it as augment reality Foursquare.

AR improves the sightseeing experience of any Smart City

When you visit a city as a tourist, it is easy to get lost in the city’s attractions. For example, you see a beautiful building from the Renaissance period in an old Italian town but have no clue what it is.

AR improves the sightseeing experience of any Smart City

AR : As an eliminator of language barrier

If you are in a city of Japan and do not know the Japanese language, then it may be a trouble for you there. Well, AR will come on your fingertips to help you out in decoding any language in your preferred language just like that as shown in the figure below.

AR As an eliminator of language barrier

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After having this much closer look at AR applications in smart cities. Let’s get some idea about smart city technologies and couple of smart city projects as a case study.

Smart city technologies

Several concepts of the Smart city rely heavily on the use of technology; a technological Smart City is not just one concept but there are different combinations of technological infrastructure that build a concept of smart city.

  • Digital City: It combines service oriented infrastructure, innovation services and communication infrastructure; Yovanof, G. S. & Hazapis, G. N. define a digital city as “a connected community that combines broadband communications infrastructure; a flexible, service-oriented computing infrastructure based on open industry standards; and, innovative services to meet the needs of governments and their employees, citizens and businesses”.
  • Virtual City: In these kinds of cities functions are implemented in a cyberspace; it includes the notion of hybrid city, which consists of a reality with real citizens and entities and a parallel virtual city of real entities and people. Having a smart city that is virtual means that in some cities it is possible coexistence between these two reality, however the issue of physical distance and location is still not easy to manage. The vision of the world without distance still remains unmet in many ways. In practice this idea is hold up through physical IT infrastructure of cables, data centers, and exchanges.
  • Information City: It collects local information and delivered them to the public portal; in that city, many inhabitants are able to live and even work on the Internet because they could obtain every information through IT infrastructures, thanks to the sharing information method among citizens themselves. Using this approach, an information city could be an urban centre both economically and socially speaking; the most important thing is the linkage among civic services, people interactions and government institutions.
  • Cognitive Smart City: Cognitive smart city expands the concept of the smart city by referring to the convergence of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city technologies, their generated big data, and artificial intelligence techniques. Continuous learning through human interactions and consequently performing a dynamic and flexible behaviour and actions based on the dynamic environment of the city are the core components of such a framework.
Various smart city projects worldwide

Major strategies and achievements related to the spatial intelligence of cities are listed in the Intelligent Community Forum awards from 1999 to 2010. In which, cities like Songdo and Suwon, South Korea, Stockholm city of Sweden, Gangnam District of Seoul, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, New York city of USA, etc. were listed.

Case study : Smart City Dubai

In 2013, the Smart Dubai project was initiated by Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE, which contained more than 100 initiatives to make Dubai a smart city by 2030. The project aimed to integrate private and public sectors, enabling citizens to access these sectors through their smartphones. Some initiatives include the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy to create driverless transits, fully digitizing government, business and customer information and transactions, and providing citizens 5000 hotspots to access government applications by 2021. Two mobile applications, mPay and DubaiNow, facilitate various payment services for citizens ranging from utilities or traffic fines to educational, health, transport, and business services. In addition, the Smart Nol Card is a unified rechargeable card enabling citizens to pay for all transportation services such as metro, buses, water buses, and taxis. There is also the Dubai Municipality’s Digital City initiative which assigns each building a unique QR code that citizens can scan containing information about the building, plot, and location.

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Besides AR, Internet of things is also a crucial technology for making smart cities. IoT becomes important in terms of connecting various instruments to a single device and to control them on the fingertips.

IoT Solutions for Smart Cities

Approximately 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050 according to Gartner. To accommodate this new demand on cities, municipalities around the globe are turning to the Internet of Things innovation to enhance their services, reduce costs, and improve communication and interaction. Though the potential is there for IoT to improve nearly every aspect of urban living, there are three IoT applications for smart cities.

IoT is helpful in following ways to solve modern urban problems in a smarter way:

  • A more efficient water supply with real time information.
  • An innovative solution for traffic congestion with the help of smart traffic signals, camera monitoring and real time vehicle tracking.
  • IoT will provide more efficient and time saving public transportation with the help of live tracking of the public transport vehicles.
  • IoT will be helpful in making energy efficient buildings with the help of smart building energy management systems. For instance, use IoT devices to connect disparate, nonstandard heating, cooling, lighting, and fire-safety systems to a central management application.
  • IoT will assure public safety during unwanted situations like fire, earthquake and landslide, etc. with its real time monitoring system.

You will now very keen to know that if the world is moving rapidly in the field of smart cities, than what about India? What did Indian government do in this particular field till date? Then, you will not be disappointed with Indian government officials. They have started a nationwide ‘Smart city mission’. Details of it are as follows:

India’s Smart City Mission

Smart Cities Mission of India envisions developing an area within 100 cities in the country as model areas based on an area development plan, which is expected to have a rub-off effect on other parts of the city, and nearby cities and towns. Cities will be selected based on the Smart Cities challenge, where cities will compete in a countrywide competition to obtain the benefits from this mission. As of January 2018, 99 cities have been selected to be upgraded as part of the Smart Cities Mission after they defeated the other cities in the challenge.

It is a five-year program in which, except for West Bengal, all of the Indian states and Union territories are participating by nominating at least one city for the Smart Cities challenge. Financial aid will be given by the central and state governments between 2017-2022 to the cities, and the mission will start showing results from 2022 onwards.

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Each city will create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), headed by a full-time CEO, to implement the Smart Cities Mission. Centre and state government will provide 1,000 crore (US $140 million) funding to the company, as equal contribution of 500 crore (US $72 million) each. The company has to raise additional funds from the financial market as a debt or equity.

Summary

It can be surely seen that cities will have to be made smarter for accommodating the growth of the world economy. Especially in achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka SDGs) initiative by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to gain and retain the sustainable growth of the world with equality and prosperity till 2030 AD. Making the smart cities is not just a task, it is just like rejuvenating the future of our society. Augmented reality and IoT will be the key factors for this type of conversion as we have discussed so far. They both are the advanced digital tools for successful completion of smart cities project. Let’s hope for the best to come.

How AR/VR will change the reality of manufacturing?

It would not be the wonder if we say that the manufacturing industry is the mother of all other industries. When there is a product, there must be some manufacturing processes related to it. And this manufacturing sector is having tremendous importance for ancillary industries. Manufacturing is an industry where every second matters. Modern automated factory floors never stop running, and even the tiniest mistake in design or layout can cost untold millions. That’s the reason why Virtual reality and augmented reality are important for this particular sector.

The ability to simulate everything from the factory floor to the most extreme edge case of the final product is invaluable, and the ability to do it instantly and effectively for free makes VR a transformative technology for factories.

In the current highly competitive business and manufacturing environment, manufacturing industry is facing the constant challenge of producing innovative products at reduced time-to-market. The increasing trend of globalized manufacturing environments requires real-time information exchanges between the various nodes in a product development life cycle, e.g., design, setup planning, production scheduling, machining, assembly, etc.as well as seamless task collaboration among these nodes.

In addition, with increased environmental awareness and legislation, more constraints have been placed on product disposal, hence promoting product recycling, servicing and repairing activities. Product development processes are becoming increasingly more complex as products become more versatile and intricate, and inherently complicated, and as product variations multiply with the trend of mass customization.

Thus, manufacturing processes have to be more systematic in order to be efficient and economically competitive. An innovative and effective solution to overcome these problems is the application of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies to simulate and improve these manufacturing processes before they are carried out. This would ensure that activities such as design, planning, machining, etc. are done right-the-first-time without the need for subsequent rework and modifications.

AR and VR can be helpful at various stages of manufacturing process. Starting from product design, AR and VR can be applied for further stages like, trial and error, manufacturing process planning, organising the manufacturing processes, inventory management, and waste management.

Manufacturing industries are having two phases namely pre-production phase and production phase.

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AR and VR are helpful in both phases as follows:

Application of VR and AR in product planning

Product planning is a very tedious work. It demands tremendous dedication and expertise of an engineer. Starting from product’s feasibility to its optimum production cost, an engineer has to take in mind all the aspects of product design. Here AR and VR come into the picture. AR and VR convert all this paperwork, trial and error into digital and visualized data. Any changes in product design charges just few minutes vis-à-vis many hours before VR and AR revolution. Use of AR and VR in product design has drastically reduced the time and expense.

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Applications of VR and AR in manufacturing

From machine layout to safety training, manufacturing is one of the main drivers of widespread VR adoption. Here are some of the most innovative ways the technology is used.

Let’s take an example of our very own automobile manufacturing company, M/s Ford.

Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to utilize virtual reality in its processes. The company has employed dedicated virtual reality specialists for many years, and uses the technology in all aspects of its operations. Engineers are able to design and build an entire care, from the power train to the upholstery, in a virtual environment.

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Today, Ford utilizes consumer-available head-mounted displays such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but in fact they developed their own in-house solution long before VR headsets were available at retail.

Benefits of using AR and VR in manufacturing sector

Work can be done faster: Usually, it can be a hassle for fighter jet engineers to assemble an aircraft because it would take years of training to do so. But with the aid of AR glasses that use depth sensors, cameras, and motion sensors that overlay images into real world during work, engineers are able to see renderings of bolts, cables, part numbers and instructions on how to assemble a specific component.Augmented reality

  • Frequent shop floor problems solved easily: With augmented reality in manufacturing on your side, your manufacturing operations employees can directly show all of the problems to your maintenance teams and engineers. They can also view KPIs (Key performance indicators) in real-time as well as diagnose and resolve the issue without interfering with production.

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  • Date access becomes handy: Service engineers and manufacturers can go up to any item that comes with IoT technology and identify any object to help you get any information from a company’s back-end enterprise resource planning system. With that, they will have access to the object’s specs, location, inventory, and lead times.
  • Maintenance time reduces drastically: In any manufacturing unit, maintenance plays a crucial role. As we all know, without proper preventive maintenance no industry can run efficiently. Proper maintenance reduces breakdowns and increases productive time of the industry. With the help of virtual reality and augmented reality devices, your team can hurriedly identify the flaw and prevent the downtime from ever occurring.
    By having AR apps on your mobile devices, your team is able to visually identify the problem on the shop floor and resolve it there and then.
  • Prevention of errors: Airbus has been using augmented reality in manufacturing for several purposes under the brand Smart Augmented Reality Tool (SART) since 2011. Although this technology can be used in many applications, aircraft programs use it more often. As a matter of fact, nearly 1000 employees use SART every day. A very good example of this is the inspection of bracket installation in fuselage assembly when a tablet camera superimposes a virtual image of the as-designed assembly over the real as-built product. This technology quickly enables the engineer to detect any flaw.
Augmented reality Hardware on the factory floor

It seems that the use of AR and VR in manufacturing sector is not new in the market. As we have seen the examples of Ford and Airbus above, there are various such players present in the market that are already incorporating AR and VR on their factory’s shop floor. We will know one by one that how the giant companies incorporated AR hardware and software in their production line.

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  1. Microsoft HoloLens used by Thyssenkrupp
    Thyssenkrupp recently started using Microsoft HoloLens – a fully self-contained, holographic computer that enables interacting with high-definition holograms overlaid in real world, for designing bespoke home mobility solutions. The process that involved a complex system of label and camera along with tedious manual data-entry for developing a custom stair lift solution is now transformed to digital, reducing the delivery time manifold. The salesperson now measures the staircase through HoloLens and the measured 3D point cloud data is then sent to manufacturing team automatically. The company is now able to make quick decisions and near real-time design approval for manufacturing. At the same time, the technology is allowing the sales person to provide the customer with a visualization of how the new stair lift will look like and function in their home. This Augmented Reality application is bringing Thyssenkrupp incredible amount of productivity and satisfaction for customers.
  2. Boeing using google glass as hardware and skylight software for assembly
    World’s leading aeroplane manufacturer Boeing is using google glass and skylight platform in training and manufacturing to amplify the wiring process. Traditionally, the workers were using charts and printed diagrams. But with the AR solution, however, technicians get instructions right when needed without looking away through Google Glass touchpad, voice commands and the head tracking interface. While voice commands enable freeing up both the hands of the technician, barcode readers and Google Glass cameras help in identifying and confirming the wiring inventory. Whenever in need, technicians have the provision to look how-to videos for more clarity on the assembly process right in their field view. Implementing AR solution has enabled Boeing to save 25% time in wiring production and reduced the error rates to virtually zero.
  3. Range rover uses AR based app for training its employees
    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) partnered with Bosch and RE’FLECT to design an AR integrated training app for employees. The objective of the app is to train new technicians without removing and reinstalling the vehicle dashboard.

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  4. Automobile Giant Porsche applied AR tools in Quality control
    For Porsche, the factory of the future is already a reality, and you can see that through their upgraded factories at Leipzig and Zuffenhausen. The company calls it as “Production 4.0”, which signifies their commitment to continuous improvement using new technologies and methods.
    Apart from using robots for repetitive tasks, Porsche is applying augmented reality to take quality control to the next level. At the company’s quality centre, experiments are conducted with Augmented Reality to figure out if the technology can be used to obtain precise design information about components quickly. Using an AR tool that can work within tablets, engineers can instantly gauge the dimensional accuracy, surface finish, tolerances and interference and other potential issues. The app also provides the functionality to test the functional aspects of components such as power windows and lights.
  5. Caterpillar applied AR in Maintenance sector
    Caterpillar successfully completed a pilot project that involved using AR for machine maintenance tasks. The company has developed its own AR app that assists technicians in performing service and maintenance checks. The hardware independent app can be used on a phone, tablet or AR glasses.
Summary

AR and VR are going towards their own zenith day by day. By taking into account the recent scenario, the below image shows some statistics.

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Both VR and AR are improving the skills of the workers as well as eliminating errors in product designing and production planning at the same time. AR and VR in manufacturing sector, are helping the manufacturers to produce more efficient and competitive products. With the aid of AR and VR, a company can overcome day to day hurdles and can focus on the quality of the product. AR and VR are having tremendous scopes in manufacturing sectors as we discussed above. Let our future products be the children of AR and VR aided manufacturing.

Power your people with Augmented Reality based Remote Assistance

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or hibernating, you have probably heard of, or even used this amazing new technology called Augmented Reality. If you have seen many futuristic science fiction movies, you probably have an idea of what some of the goals are for the AR industry. Augmented Reality has applications in almost every field; from healthcare to real estate there is room to implement AR. AR can be implemented in almost any industry, and it’s being done right now!

One of the most modern ways to communicate, teach, and learn is through augmented reality (AR). As an overview, AR utilizes technology to improve upon how our senses perceive things in the real world. So, how will these emerging technology impact customer support? Let’s roam.

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Augmented Reality Support eliminates the common frustrations of remote technical support. Say goodbye to mediocre support calls and improve your response times, lift your first-time-fix rates and lower your service costs. No matter if it is for customer or field support.

The Augmented Reality Support delivers tools that empower the expert to have direct impact on the user situation. The expert can see the user situation in real time and annotate on it to provide the necessary support. All these things are done using a tool called Plutomen ARMS.

Augmented Reality based Remote Assistance

PLUTOMEN ARMS is basically a tool used for remote support using AR. It is a most sophisticated real-time solution for any cases like real-time lack of experience, machine downtime, production dilemma, industry bottlenecks, repairing home appliances etc. Plutomen ARMS can be used in medical, military, manufacturing companies, education, utility companies, consumer electronics brand, aviation, manifold and so on.

With Plutomen ARMS, one can solve problems remotely with smartphone, tablet and smart glasses. AR software allows us to intervene remotely, in real-time, carry out ordinary maintenance procedures or resolve technical failures. Thanks to the use of wearable devices, remote experts can accurately diagnose the problem and find a solution, reduce the time spent to understand the problem and avoid unnecessary travel expenses. The unique aspect introduced by this augmented reality solution lies in the possibility given to remote experts to observe the problem that arises at the location of any customer in real-time, without moving from their desk.

How Plutomen ARMS works?

Implement knowledge where you require it. The knowledge of an expert always becomes a guiding light. The One-button solution becomes a bridge between an expert and a technician. Real-time video support provides you a live discussion desk.

Suppose you have one of your machines stopped and the assembly line too. Now, you can’t proceed further without coming up with a solution. Usually, you will either go with the instruction manual to solve it or go searching for a technical expert. Manuals can’t be of much help always during such problems. And the technicians might take some hours or maybe a day or two to get the problem fixed. You will then instantly call the service engineer to be present at our premise and ask him to resolve the situation ASAP.

What will happen now? It will take a day or two to resolve. During this, the whole assembly line is stuck & you need to bear the production loss. Is traditional problem-solving method works in this hi-tech era? Absolutely not!

For such circumstances, we have Plutomen ARMS. Grab your phone and call an expert. With visual support, the expert will guide you through live indication. This speeds up the resolution process.

To get rid of this traditional problem-solving method, it’s time to implement Plutomen ARMS.

Plutomen ARMS can be used on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and wearable smart glasses.

Which industries are using remote assistance AR?
  • Maintenance:
    It is no surprise to say that Plutomen ARMS is mostly used in maintenance companies. Maintenance has always been an essential component across a wide range of industries. The maintenance sector has seen substantial growth as far back as the 1990s and earlier. In addition, maintenance spending is often the largest part of an operational budget, second only to the equipment’s raw energy costs. As a generalization, any organization that is heavily invested in machinery and equipment will also have a significant portion of their operations budget dedicated to maintenance tasks. This is not only true for private corporations, but for all organizations.Augmented reality is an emerging technology that has already shown great promise for improving maintenance performance. AR essentially allows a user to see the real world, except that this view is augmented with computer-generated graphics overlaid alongside real objects. This augmented view is displayed to the user through an electronic device such as a camera-equipped tablet or a head-mounted transparent display.Augmented reality, in a nutshell, allows users to enhance their field of view with real-time superimposed digital information. But, more than that, it is a valuable solution for many of the challenges which surround industrial maintenance, repair, and operations.
  • Consumer electronics:
    Whether supporting home appliances, smart devices or wearable, customer service agents who provide assistance with consumer electronics benefit from using remote assistance augmented reality. The technology helps agents better support customers throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, from installation and setup to updates and repairs.
  • Insurance and financial institution:
    Forget personal visits for claiming your insurances on devices, vehicles and other things. With PLUTOMEN ARMS insurance companies can check the damages to your devices or vehicles and claim the insurance accordingly. PLUTOMEN ARMS can also be used for customer identification through visual support.Insurance companies have found additional value in visual claims, allowing customers to transmit images and videos of their claims to adjustors for faster and more accurate claims processing, more efficient remote adjustment, better risk classification, improved documentation handling and reduced fraud.
  • Communication service provider:
    A communication service provider delivers a wide range of hardware devices and services to consumers. PLUTOMEN ARMS ensures more efficient issue resolution and less costly hardware replacement.For example, an agent can see the connections on the back of a customer’s set-top box, router, or modem. They can then immediately understand the problem and guide the customer to the correct connections.
Case studies:
  • Boeing cut its wiring production time by 25% and reduced error rates effectively to zero.
  • GE Aviation experiences an average of 8-12% in efficiency improvement.
  • GE Healthcare warehouse workers had a 46% increase in productivity using AR.
  • GE Renewable Energy wiring technicians are yielding a 34% increase in productivity.

In the recent technological era, the most popular companies are adopting the AR technology to get the effective way of working and a better understanding of problems.

NASA

NASA is using HoloLens AR headsets to build its new spacecraft faster. Lockheed Martin engineers wear the goggles to help them assemble the crew capsule Orion—without having to read thousands of pages of paper instructions.

Bosch

In the automotive industry, Bosch created a development platform (CAP) that allows for device-independent AR applications. In a field of study at Bosch Car Service workshops, they discovered that the use of AR applications achieved a time savings of 15 percent and allowed mechanics to see the location of hidden components along with instructions and repair guides. This helps to avoid undertaking any unnecessary disassembly and assembly work. CAP also allows for the development of training applications as well.

Boeing

To assist engineers installing electrical wiring on an aircraft, Boeing developed and tested its own AR technology to provide real-time, hands-free, interactive 3D wiring diagrams right before engineer’s eyes. During the testing phase, Boeing has theorized that the AR technologies have shown a 90 percent improvement in first-time quality and a 30 percent reduction in the time required completing the job.

Some facts & Trivia:
  • India Augmented Reality and Virtual reality Market Set to Grow at CAGR 55% till 2021.
  • The AR based software market is expected to reach $35.22 Billion by 2022.
  • Markets and Markets expect the Augmented Reality market figure to reach $61.39 billion USD by 2023. In 2016 it was valued at 2.39 billion USD, so it is expected to grow at a 55.71% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) during the forecast period.
What Does Augmented Reality for Remote Support Mean and What Are The Use Cases?

AR remote support means that the technician can remote into the end-user device even if they aren’t there.

The primary use case for an AR remote support solution is to provide routine maintenance and support to your client’s devices. As opposed to attended remote support which provides support to users in need of immediate help, unattended remote support can be used to manage an IT infrastructure, install updates, and even troubleshoot non-urgent issues.

How Does It Work?

Suppose there is a machine downfall at your manufacturing plant due to some technical issue. To resolve the issue you have to call the technicians to get the problem solved that would cost you money as well as the process is time consuming. Now with Augmented Reality based Remote Assistance you just have to follow simple steps:

  1. Connect Call with the expert using the AR based remote assistance app through your mobile device or tablet.
  2. Tell them the issue.
  3. Once they diagnose the whole issue they will guide you through the overlapped animation to show you how to fix the entire issue without moving away from their desk.
  4. That’s it. Your problem is solved. You’re all set to use the machine again.

Remote assistance levels up your customer service by allowing your support to access the faulty machines right off the first interaction. This speeds up resolution and leaves the customers satisfied.live remote 2 1

Benefits of Remote Support:
Instant support

Probably the most important aspect of adopting this system is the capability to provide instant support. Your IT team can quickly provide technical support to customers, suppliers, and employees on demand. It doesn’t require installation and complex set up operations for end users to perform.

Efficiency

This software provides an efficient solution for remote support. Almost every aspect of the network can be monitored and managed in real time from a single location. It provides easy access from anywhere in the world and also empowers your staff to work remotely.

Cost-effective

Hiring a remote technical support service will cost you less than employing more full-time, on-site staff who provide the same type of service. By having a remote support software, technicians can work remotely. Additionally, it eliminates the cost of travel—both the time it takes to reach the customer’s location and the transportation expenses—by providing a prompt response to a support request.

Client-friendly

When visiting your customer’s location, you have to be dependent on a time that’s convenient for them. Agreeing on a schedule involves a back and forth of available time. By using the remote support unattended access, you can provide technical support even when the client is not available.

Less intrusive

Providing technical support remotely doesn’t disrupt your client’s schedule. Some of them may not even want technicians to travel to their location, but it would be a challenge to effectively fix the technical issue by providing step-by-step guides alone, especially with no visual cues. Hence, using a remote support solution ensures you don’t get in the way of your client’s work or day. Furthermore, you get to provide a solution in your own controlled environment with access to resources you need. You may even handle multiple clients at a time.

Features of Remote Support:
  1. Remote control and screen sharing
  2. Annotation
  3. File sharing
  4. Transfer session
  5. Unattended remote access
  6. Remote mobile device camera sharing
What does the future hold?

With Goldman Sachs predicting that AR will be an $80B market by 2025, the future seems promising for forward-thinking companies who implement remote assistance AR. In fact, the 2018 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies names augmented reality as an emerging technology mega-trend, showing promise in delivering a high degree of competitive advantage over the next 5-10 years. It suggests that enterprises and technology innovation leaders explore AR to understand the future impacts to their business. As Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts during a fourth-quarter earnings call, “AR is going to change everything.”

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Real uses of Virtual Reality in corporate training

In corporate sector, training the new employees or training already working employees to adapt newer ways and means both are very important aspects. Effective training gives definite results. If training sessions are boring, then employees will never take interest in it and will be attending all of them for just a formality. How to make the training sessions interesting has become a subject of research nowadays. Being an essential part of the corporate life, training builds the employees for performing the desired and allotted work efficiently. But when there is a lack of interest, then how an employee would be an asset for the corporate industry?

Different experiments are carried out by different corporate giants to fully engage their employees in training. Those who have got success in this task, somewhere used VR in their training sessions. In this revolutionary era, while VR is helping in almost all the sectors of the industry, why should corporate stay out of it?

VR usage in corporate training is steadily increasing its share. A number of companies are exploring VR as a supplementary tool for corporate training and you could find yourself being trained in VR sooner than you think.

For those who don’t know what VR is, then let you all just be briefed that VR is an acronym of Virtual reality which immerse a user into a simulated environment so that they feel like they are actually there. Virtual reality can further be classified into three core parts: Mobile (with mobile phones), Standalone (With cables and devices) and Desktop (with high end computer devices).

The argument for VR in corporate training is simple – it can increase engagement and knowledge retention levels, and employees can be trained in a safer, more cost efficient way.

How VR is helpful in corporate training?

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The above image shows an approximate idea of VR aided training.

From print media to the internet, we can see information becoming richer and easier to access. Virtual Reality, a sophisticated technology that uses realistic images, audios, and other senses to simulate a real environment, is an elite technology which has contributed towards a vast change in the learning system. The environment experienced when using Virtual Reality is simulated, but the learning impact is real.

Let’s take an example of nuclear reactor operator’s training. It is too difficult to train the new operators for operating the nuclear reactor on reality bases. A small mistake of a learning operator, which is quite predictable. Rather training with the help of Virtual reality creates completely an imaginary nuclear reactor and training of an operator is done with that imaginary environment only. All the consequences of a mistake are visually programmed and an imaginary anarchy is created so that the trainee gets an exact idea of it! This reduces the money involved in training as well as makes the trainee understand the consequences very clearly. The operator, before getting deputed at his place, has real time knowledge of operating the reactor.

This is just one example of VR in training. There are many innovative ideas we can generate with the help of VR to make the corporate training more interactive and more interesting. This can be understood with the help of one other example as follows:

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Take in account the above picture. Suppose, at the oil refinery, emergency sirens begin to wail. A shift supervisor races to the scene of the emergency and sees smoke already billowing from the roof of a distillation unit. He needs to get the fire under control, but when he opens the door to the control room, a wall of flame greets him. The situation is worse than anything in his training manual. How can he locate the shut-off button when he can’t see through the flames? He hesitates—and in that moment, the pressure built up in the distillation tower releases in a massive explosion, ripping apart the building and scattering debris across the whole refinery.

A red message flashes before the supervisor’s eyes: Simulation failed. A voice comes over the intercom and says, “All right—let’s take two minutes, and then we’ll reset from the beginning.” He is covered in sweat as he takes off the headset. It had been a virtual reality (VR) simulation, but the stress was real; more importantly, the lessons on how to respond to a crisis had been real.

Why VR should be used for training?

Virtual Reality allows to replicate any possible real-life situation without the risks, damages or consequences possible in everyday life. Thus VR is the perfect medium for industrial training as it allows us to create an immersive solution that save you money and that benefits your employees.

Benefits of incorporating VR in Corporate training
  • Higher understanding and higher retention: VR enables employees to learn through practical experience. Experiential learning has long been argued as the most effective way to learn and studies have shown that learning through experience increases the quality of learning, and retention by 75-90%.Benefits of vr corporate training Plutomen
  • Training is safer without any physical hazard: Virtual Reality for workplace training is important particularly where employees need to handle physically challenged tasks or work in dangerous environment. In addition to flight simulation training, even pharmaceutical industry avails the benefits of VR where doctors can practice using simulators to prevent medical accidents.
  • It’s cost effective: There are many training courses that involve actual use of learning resources. But, sometimes it happens that resources are limited or expensive to buy in huge amounts. In such scenarios, the use of VR comes into place when modelling resources in a virtual environment enables learners to improve their skills without having to use them in real.
  • Convenience: Virtual Reality makes learning environment more convenient by saving organizations’ time as well as budget. Employees don’t need to travel to attend training programs and can take up courses at the point of need. For instance, architects across the world can assess their designs using VR and collaborate further without any hassle.
Use cases of VR in corporate training
  1. BP (An Oil Refinery Company) partnered with with Igloo Vision to train their employees in start-up and emergency exit procedures at their oil refinery in Hull, England. Employees were able to learn from mistakes in the virtual world and thus reduce the probability of making the same error in the real world – an error which could ultimately cost someone’s life.Vision training ngineers Plutomen
  2. Surgeons at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles (CHLA) partnered with Shauna Heller and a team of developers (funded by Facebook’s Oculus VR division), to create training for how to treat children in emergencies. Specifically, their simulation helps doctors learn how to save infants who have suffered a seizure or are in anaphylactic shock.
  3. Military training perfectly goes with Virtual reality. The Virtual Squad Training System (VSTS) at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii use wireless VR training environments as part of their military training. Trainee soldiers are given a head mounted display, motion trackers, and wireless weapon controllers that accurately reflect the size, weight and shape of real military weapons such as the M4 and M165. They are then immersed in a combat simulator and can learn by practical experience, without putting themselves or each other in potentially fatal situations.Military training vr Plutomen
  4. VR training can also be used to improve the recruitment and onboarding process within a company. Using an interview simulator, HR professionals and managers can practice asking interview questions to potential candidates and learn the questions typically asked, skills to look for, and warning signs about a potential employee.
    Once a candidate has accepted a job offer, the next step is the onboarding process. Onboarding is the first experience of training an employee receives and it can give them a good idea of the training they can expect as they progress with the company.

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  5. Wal-Mart has made a major investment in VR. Through its partnership with STRIVR , the company now offers VR training in all its retail Academies. The training covers a range of topics, including how to staff the deli counter, selecting and hiring people, and many operational processes. More than 140,000 Wal-Mart associates will go through these programs.
Barriers in adopting VR as a training tool
  • The short term cost of implementing of VR in training is higher than that of conventional training methods.
  • Also, after purchasing VR tools, it is mandatory to program our desired training methodology and related environment in it. This task again needs the help of expert programmers. And in case of system crash, service persons must there in standby mode. All these engagements need further investment. However, ROI (return on investment) is higher than conventional methods.
  • Of course, the main reason for introducing VR training is to benefit employees but there is a risk of employee backlash, especially from older generations who tend to be more reluctant to adopt new technologies.
Future of VR in corporate training

Companies all over the world are using VR as a tool for training at their respective places as VR provides a realistic and safe training environment for employees. As the VR industry develops and more becomes possible in a virtual setting, it’s likely that more training will be done in VR.

Corporate training will be an important step into mass consumer adoption of virtual reality, as more people realise it is beneficial to so much more than gaming.

Summary

While only selective Learning and Development professionals integrate Virtual Reality in eLearning, technology is yet to redefine how we learn and train. We discussed the niceties of Virtual Reality in potential learning environments. Integrating VR with online learning applications can be taken to the next level of workplace training. The actual use of the web needs to be embraced when providing custom eLearning solutions and leveraging advantages of this dynamic virtual environment. Virtual Reality imparts a sensory-driven interactive environment which increases learners’ interest and understanding by providing a certain degree of reality which cannot be achieved through 2D interface.

Virtual training environments allows the trainees for trial and error as many time they want to. Whereas with conventional training methods, more amount of trial and error costs more amount of money. In this context, VR in corporate training will be proved as a revolutionary change. Let’s hope for the real future for this virtual tool.

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