Though it’s currently in its infancy, augmented reality (AR) technology will change how we work. Our ability to integrate AR apps into our everyday business situations is driving not only a new workplace, but a new employee mindset. It is completely revolutionizing how we collaborate and access data.
So what is augmented reality and how will it impact business to#BeFutureReady?
In his report “Innovation Insight: Augmented Reality Will Become an Important Workplace Tool,” Tuong Huy Nguyen, principal research analyst at Gartner, defined augmented reality as “the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects.”
“AR leverages and optimizes the use of other technologies such as mobility, location, 3-D content management and imaging and recognition,” he wrote. “It is especially useful in the mobile environment because it enhances the user’s senses via digital instruments to allow faster responses or decision-making.”
Many companies have already tested the viability of AR devices. One of the early adopters is Bloomberg, the New York-based financial software, data and media company. Its Bloomberg Terminal is a data monitoring and analyzing platform built for financial professionals. Even with six screens displaying streams of information, news tickers, analysis windows, emails and alerts, users don’t have a full view of all the data.
Another use of augmented reality is Microsoft’s much-hypedAccording to Microsoft, the HoloLens will transform the workplace. “With the ability to design and shape holograms, you’ll have a new medium to express your creativity, a more efficient way to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize your work and share ideas,” the company says.
Because HoloLens is not commercially available yet, there is no way to know whether it will live up to the hype.
However, smart glasses do have the legs to bring change. With their ability to streamline the workflow, lessen decision-making time and enable seamless communication, smart wearables are already making waves in the business. For instance, SAP has recently to offer a hands-free experience to warehouse workers and field technicians.
It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing AR used more widely in the workplace.
This post was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.
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