What AR Technology Solution is right for your company?

What AR Technology Solution is right for your company?

What AR Technology Solution is right for your company?
What AR Technology Solution is right for your company?

What AR Technology Solution is right for your company?

What is AR Technology?

Augmented reality (AR) is “an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information” (Wikipedia, 2021). After the smartphone revolution, AR is known to be one of the most promising technologies entering the digitalisation space. AR focuses on enhancing objects and environments by using digital visual and audio elements to interpret, communicate and record. This new AR technology allows users to integrate devices and software with information from the real world into an easy to understand and use format that increases efficiency and productivity in the workforce.

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Different AR products and their applications:

There are a number of AR products on the market with vastly different offerings, so it’s important to find the right product for your needs. The significant differences between competitors are not to be discounted as they can be the difference between the project scaling up or being stuck in POC (Proof of Concept) if the features aren’t what you’re after or are too complex for your needs.

Some AR products have been positioned mainly as consumer products. Competitor products such as the smart glasses are seen to be an addition to or replacement for a user’s phone in day-to-day functions such as searching on the web, taking phots, making phone calls and using social media.

Whereas, for business use cases, the Realwear HMT-1 headset, and other competitor’s wearables are the main competing products, each with their own benefits and drawbacks in the business and industrial focused areas.

These wearables devices by others in the industrial AR market are smart glasses which project animations onto the surrounding environment through the glasses’ lens, whereas the Realwear HMT-1 is a headset with a boom arm and screen that when viewed appears as a 7” tablet screen that rests on the user’s cheek as it’s operated. It is important to note that these similar devices can have trouble with user’s who wear glasses, and there may be safety and compliance issues with the glasses’ projections interfering with the user’s line of vision. All of the devices are voice controlled which allows the user to have access to their hands and speak any commands or inputs in order to control the device.

In general, these wearable devices are positioned as useable for companies, whereas the Realwear HMT-1 and HMT-1Z1 hands-free headsets are for hazardous environments and are specifically designed for industry and rugged use in areas such as mining/oil, construction, manufacturing and electricity.

Factors to consider when choosing the right AR product for you:

PRICE

There is a balance with value for money as these products can be expensive, so users must ensure they are using all the features on offer and the product will last, given what is being paid.

COMPLIANCE

The Realwear HMT headset is designed rugged for hazardous environments according to IP66 standards which means it can be used in any environment without issue, whereas other devices may not withstand hard use.

SAFETY

All devices are hands free and voice controlled, however only the Realwear headset has a screen rather than projecting images onto the surrounding environment- this is imperative to user safety as using the device doesn’t impact the line of vision or reduce situational awareness while working.

INTEGRATION

All devices have some capacity to support multiple software vendors and apps, but understanding of the individual client’s needs is essential to select the right software and ensure it works with the device to create a unique and viable solution.

The final decision:

If you don’t feel you know enough about your requirements or are overwhelmed by all the options and can’t decide which solution is best suited to you, the Realtime AR team are fully qualified and equipped to provide an end-to-end solution. We have an experienced team with in-depth understanding of a number of different hardware options, as well as the right software vendors for each unique use case. As Gold Channel Partners for Realwear in Australia and New Zealand, Realtime AR firmly believe the HMT headset is a high quality and adaptable product that can work effectively in almost every situation requiring an AR solution.

We are dedicated to finding a complete end-to-end solution that works for you, as well as providing ongoing training and support throughout the entire process from POC to scale up.

To find out more about how the Realtime AR team can help you bring your AR technology solution to life, contact us today.

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