Augmented Reality (AR) is emerging as one of the key drivers of the tech economy. By some estimates, the total value of the AR market is expected to reach $100 billion by 2020.That's because AR apps, headsets, and smart glasses hold the promise to add value to virtually every industry - from retail to industrial manufacturing. AR is already showing potential to solve some of the biggest problems and pain points, and we likely won't have to wait until 2020 for AR to make a big impact across the board.From education to remote work, here are ten of the best uses cases for AR technology that are set to emerge in the near future
1. Training for Using Machinery & New Technology
Kirloskars have implemented AR to train engineers on using the equipment at their factories. The benefits are numerous for new joinees and even for existing employees when new features are added or there is a change in the process.
2. Guides for Assembling & DIY applications
Be it furniture or fixing your car, AR can be used effectively to ease the process for consumers. The ability to guide the consumers through steps and allowing them to visualize the process, element by element, makes for a compelling use case.
3. AR at your fingertips - For Marketing Materials
Most people believe that implementing AR is both complicated and technical. However, apps like Aurasma (now HP Reveal) literally bring it to your fingertips. AR experiences can be easily overlaid to your everyday objects like posters or leaflets, to enhance them with an Augmented Reality Experience of sound, graphics etc.
4. For Interior Decoration
The Houzz app is a great example for a consumer use case, where furniture can be placed and arranged across the house on the app, allowing them to visualize how it would look and feel!
5. Remote Assistance and Maintenance
This allows maintenance and repair crews to connect with the technical teams and supervisors in real time and converse on resolving the problem. In this app demonstration from vuforia chalk, you'll see how the technician on site can mark the areas of concern with circles on the touch screen and the supervisor can assist in real time. The circles remain attributed to those areas and instruction manuals etc can be overlaid to efficiently resolve the issue. This is a great demonstration