2016 was labelled “the year of Virtual Reality”! And although VR is everywhere, there is still a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. Augmented Reality was a lesser known technology untill “Pokemon Go” became a hype overnight. What lies in the future for these relatively new technologies?
VR/AR are ushering in a new age of efficiencies, connectivity and mobility which, for manufacturers who adopt the technologies well, offer new opportunities to compete among their peers in the US but also globally.
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The BOM – Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij researched the VR and AR industry in Brabant. They published the results in a report: “VR/AR: hype of serieuze business?” They concluded that there is a lot of room to grow for the VR and AR industry in this region, especially internationally.
Virtual and augmented reality technologies come of age, and manufacturers are uncovering innovative ways to adopt these technologies in ways that are furthering the push for a “digitally connected” factory floor on a number of fronts. For some manufacturers, the factory of the future is already upon us, as they apply the technology in ways as diversely across operations—from product development, to maintenance and repair, to worker training and safety. A PwC survey found, about one in three virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are already being adopted—or will be in the next three years.
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