What AR Applications Are Impacting Today's Optics Industry

Absolute Reports has forecast the global ARVR Glasses Module demand for 2022-2027 to reach 867.5 million USD. AR applications (or Augmented Reality) are frequently bundled (and confused) with VR or Virtual Reality. According to many tech news sources, this technology has already been integrated into many daily activities and workspaces to "simulate participating in real life."

Virtual reality (VR) allows you to go into another world for 3D gaming in full immersion mode. Training exercises, construction safety checks, or shifting design drawings into a walk-through mode deliver immediate high value to users.

We will focus on consumer use and education for this article, where AR applications currently shine.

Apple and Android already offer AR use up via phone or tablets with an AR app loaded. Most of us take this easy access for granted already. Workspace use is seamless and highly efficient with AR headsets and glasses that allow you to integrate presented data, even while moving.

Let's look at some AR examples used today.

Field Repair Technology- Machine-to-machine IoT, direct to AR headsets - Vestas Wind Systems uses the Realwear system to allow handsfree information download for repair work from the top of turbines. The software allows for recording of sessions, notifications, moving files, project updates, or connecting another person into the current task at hand while at heights of 90 meters.

Medical Training and Surgery - HoloHuman, OculAR SIM and HoloPatient are all current AR training programs developed exclusively for the practical learning environment and level of detail that a physician requires. OculAR SIM is a program that aids optometry students. Specific surgical procedures may be practiced using AR with the HoloLens 2, such as training the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulation technique. VR training takes this to an entirely different level and should be explored in a separate article.

Veterinary Medicine - Anatomage, a 3D medical virtualization tech company, announced the most detailed dog cadaver to date with over 1000 structures assembled from an actual dog scan. This is the first interactive dog atlas available.

Retail Shopping and Games on smartphones, as mentioned above, allow users to experience the world differently. soLAR - an app that draws fully dimensional views of our solar system for people from 4+, gives a family-friendly way to learn and enjoy the world around us.

Design tools - urban planning, architects, engineering. What better way to design than onsite in 3D? UrbanAR is an app project developed by students at the University of Technology Eindhoven, as a tool to make the process more available to anyone. 

Business Logistics - increasing efficiency for logistics in transportation, warehousing, route-optimization is beneficial for anyone that expects a delivery overnight.

Tourism - Google Map users take advantage of deep way-finding when using Live View on an iPhone for in-the-moment understanding when on foot, on a bike, or in a car.

Education - Medical training aside, 3D maps for music or study work across many of today's platforms. Froggipedia allows students to study anatomy in detail without scalpels or formaldehyde smells.

Handsfree Repair - Manuals are now accessible via AR glasses or headsets to find and fix issues. The Microsoft MX HoloLens was created to work across clean rooms and hazardous locations. It also integrates with a hardhat for worksite jobs.

All of these incredible helpful features developed in just the last few short years have created a boom within the optics industry that has opened doors for knowledgable optical supply chains. 

AccuCoat inc has been one of the first USA coating facilities to address and create processes with a deep understanding of the materials and surfaces required for success. Our coaters handle the complex shape of AR glasses by using our customizable tooling.

Our team is ready to speak with you about your AR project requirements.