Augmented Reality Expected to Train Workers

There’s lots of talk lately that upcoming Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments will cost many their jobs. But, technological developments both take and give jobs. However, the workforce needs to adjust. Even now, many jobs aren’t filled because there aren’t enough workers with right skills.

 

There are new technologies that should help with training, TechCrunch claims. The Augmented Reality (AR) is one of these technologies. For example, by putting AR glasses on, instructions and even holograms appear as layers on actual physical places such as factories or offices. With such help, it is possible to train people hands-on.

 

“AR headsets provide an idea…for hands-free operation, with the device at eye level, presenting information when needed. AR headsets can also bring powerful first-person views, which are valuable resources for field force automation,” stated Tractica, a research company.

 

Already tech giants are in this field. Microsoft developed Hololens. This mixed-reality device brings physical and digital objects, places, and people together for a wide range of experiences. Google’s Holokit brings virtual reality into effect through the use of a mobile phone and a special headset.

 

Meanwhile, Samsung has developed smart glasses that blur the line between augmented and virtual reality. Facebook is also working on augmented reality with Camera Effects developer platform. This technology relies on camera lenses rather than glasses.

 

Currently, only free augmented reality tools are produced and shipped to consumers. In 2022, Tractica estimates, the shipments will exceed 20 million units.

 

In the workplace, the AR technology is already being used successfully, although by very few companies so far. Boeing has been using AR to improve productivity of its workforce and its research shows that the workers who used it are not only more productive, but also more accurate and satisfied.

 

It’s not only about hardware when it comes to AR. It is also about content. So, expect that in the future there will be job openings for AR content creators. Some jobs will go, others will be created.

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