Re: Augmented Reality Is For Real In The Enterprise
As far as wearables are concerned, I've definitely been on board with the idea that there are more and better use cases for enterprise than there are for consumers for a while. It just makes sense - with a high barrier to entry, and the utility coming from not needing your hands (likewise for augmented reality), it's hard to see where that cost is justified for consumers. On the other hand, it's easy to see where it's justified for high-paid professionals who work in dangerous or demanding environments where they need their hands. I can't think of a better example than working on uber-expensive jet engines at Lockheed-Martin, especially if we consider a future where evaluations and repairs are carried out in the field, with varying weather conditions, etc., with the AR equipment. Just a few minutes could equate to hundreds of dollars saved, and in this case, much of that may be taxpayer money.
I found the mentions of the accompanying systems and automation by the people at NGRAIN very interesting as well. Talking about saving a trip back to a terminal really helps you see the value. It not only saves on time but cuts down on errors, and allows you to integrate other media like pictures or video, right in line with that data. They also mentioned that they have their bases covered with phone and tablet apps. Combine that with notions of IoT-type devices for both the consumer products collecting this data, and the ones consuming it (the people reading the reports) and you really start to get a picture of where the value comes in for having all this data integrated and in one place. The difference between taking down these notes in one minute versus two may not be that great, but when you add the ease of automatically having it all in one place in 5 or 10 years, you start to see the value.