Interactive industrial training and in-place assistance
- Interactive in-place assistance
- Autonomy and hands-free use
- Rapid implementation
- Multi-device support
- Industry 4.0 and digital twins
- Interactive technologies
- Augmented reality, virtual reality
- Industrial applications
- 3 software
- GRENOBLE INP
Industry can be given a new lease of life now that digital technologies, including Augmented Reality (AR), have reached maturity, making training and other industrial tasks in the field faster, more autonomous, more educational, and less expensive. The Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (VR) market is growing rapidly, with $2.6 billion invested in training in 2020 and $914 million in industrial maintenance. Business spending will increase by at least 30% in the next four years, according to the IDC.
X-AR is a set of software tools and services for the creation and deployment of multi-device applications on augmented and virtual reality glasses, tactile devices, and using video-projectors for spatial AR. It can also be run on desktop computers. These tools and services thus offer new methods of industrial training and assistance in the field, relying on these interactive technologies.
Our approach is based on a meta-model of the industrial protocols and multimodal contents used in the different processes for which our solutions can provide interactive assistance. This enables rapid deployment and well-adapted content on the various devices. The data from different sensors or usages can also be exploited in real time, for instance, to monitor a trainee’s progress.
In addition to the main intrinsic advantages of the digitisation of industry, the solutions of X-AR offer a significant gain in time, autonomy, efficiency, productivity and job attractiveness, also for young people.
X-AR enables the introduction of interactive assistance and the use of the device best suited to the context, whether in augmented/virtual reality, on a touch screens, or using video-projection directly onto the real environment, in almost all areas or tasks requiring timely or very detailed information and interactions, with a strong emphasis on 3D.
State of progress
Originating from a PIAVE project, we have shown the effectiveness of the assistance in AR and on touch screen devices in the case of on-the-job training. With our current industrial partners, we are going even further, which will help us to finalise our tools.
The main areas of application are training, quality control, assembly support, maintenance, inspection, repair and even PR.
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