Projected: Augmented Reality w/o Headsets

Augmented Reality (AR) leapt into the public consciousness in 2016 when Pokémon GO was released. But enterprises had been working on commercial applications for AR long before it became common to see adults endangering themselves and others chasing virtual monsters.

Benefits of Projection Mapping
For work applications requiring team collaboration, projection mapping offers several distinct advantages over AR systems that rely on headsets. First, projection mapping avoids typical headset problems such as restricted field of view, discomfort and poor fit. Second, headsets deliver an isolated, standalone AR experience. In contrast, projection mapping creates a simultaneous “shared” AR experience for more than one person, which not only enhances collaboration but is highly efficient.

Perhaps the biggest benefit projection mapping offers is increased accuracy. AR headsets struggle with latency due to limited computing power, which results in computational lag as users move their heads. So, if aircraft assembly workers used AR headsets instead of projection mapping technology, they would struggle to locate where holes should be drilled because their head movements would cause anchor points to “drift.” Even a shift of only a couple of millimetres could lead to an imprecisely placed drill hole. In a $100 million aircraft, this kind of assembly mistake is not only unacceptable, but it’s also potentially dangerous.

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