Assisted Reality: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

23 Gennaio 2023

5 Mistakes in Assisted Reality You Should Be Aware Of

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are technologies that are being increasingly used in the field of Industry 4.0. In addition to these X-Reality (XR) solutions, there is also assisted reality (aR), which unlike AR prioritises the physical world over the digital.

Wearable technology is usually used with aR, enabling people to view a screen with various types of information in their field of vision. However, the digital content is not superimposed onto the real world like it is with augmented reality. As such, AR can be considered a more advanced and powerful technology than assisted reality.

We will look at 5 common mistakes when applying assisted reality in different sectors and how to avoid making them.

Assisted reality mistakes: 5 cases

Assisted reality is often confused with augmented reality, although as we’ve seen, they are two completely different technologies. We will analyse some frequent mistakes to avoid when using assisted reality.

1. Thinking that assisted reality is safer than augmented reality

Some people believe that assisted reality is safer than augmented reality as it creates fewer distractions for the operator. However, that is not the case. The absence of superimposed images, i.e. digital images integrated into the real world, does not make assisted reality safer – AR and aR technologies actually offer the same safety standards in operations in the field with helmets and visors.

In fact, having to open up the screen with digitalised images on can increase the level of risk for the operator, who gets distracted for a few seconds and has to use one hand to control the visor. Whereas this doesn’t happen with augmented reality so operators can always have their hands free and can view the digital information they need in their field of vision, perfectly superimposed onto the real world.

2. Thinking that wearable devices are only available with aR technology

aR technologies for operations in the field require the use of assisted reality helmets, headsets or glasses. This means that operators have their hands free while they work, viewing the images and information on the screen when they need them. The digital information is available on a small display, where operators can see visual information that helps them to perform the work required.

This solution is more efficient with augmented reality technology as wearable devices can be used that superimpose the digital content onto the real world. With AR helmets, operators don’t have to watch the display and turn their attention away, the information is available in their field of vision and integrated with the physical world. Wearable devices are also available with AR/XR technologies, they offer better performance and are safer and more practical than aR devices.

3. Believing that remote support with aR is more efficient than AR

Assisted reality visors enable operators to receive remote support from experts that can give them instructions in the field in real time. Communication takes place through the operator’s micro display and headphones, allowing the experts to work with and help the operator remotely and manage complex situations.

Remote support is actually more efficient with AR technology because experts can upload information directly to the operator’s field of vision. This is very important in complex scenarios such as in sectors like Oil & Gas. Augmented reality visors allow remote support to be managed effectively, with more advanced functionalities than assisted reality.

4. Thinking that assisted reality is only useful in certain sectors

There is a general belief that assisted reality is only useful in specific sectors, when it’s actually a technology to connect the workforce that is suitable for all fields. This technology can offer significant advantages in all industry fields, from mechanics to oil and gas and automotive, and even the construction sector and remote training activities.

However, in many sectors, augmented reality is a more advanced, complete and higher performance solution as it allows for various applications in activities like inspections, product design and complex assembly and installation activities. AR solutions are also more evolved and efficient in the field of logistics, quality control and data management, significantly helping to optimise industrial processes.

5. Thinking you can interact with virtual elements with assisted reality

Assisted reality does not allow for interaction with the virtual elements uploaded to the micro display – the operator can only consult this information. With assisted reality technology, images are not superimposed onto the real world so the operator always keeps the virtual world separate from the physical world. Augmented reality can overcome this distinction and achieve a higher level of integration.

For example, with the Kiber 3 all-in-one solution, operators can use the AR/XR helmet to view content in their field of vision, with perfect integration of the real and digital worlds. This means that the information is not separate from the operator’s field of vision but is added to the real-life context. This can make field operations more efficient, while experts working with the operator remotely can upload various types of content like images, CAD drawings and information.

Assisted reality is certainly useful in industry, however these days, it isbetter to opt for more effective and complete technologies like augmented reality, to improve and strengthen all the functions of assisted reality.

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