Skoda is trialing new AR glasses to help assist its engineers.
The AR glasses, named HoloLens, allow maintenance checklists, manuals, and other vital documents to be highlighted as holographic images into the field of vision of the user. Using the AR glasses, employees can check information without requiring to halt production.
The field of vision can be shared through video calls to show what the user is viewing, allowing them to consult with experts who are not on-site.
Also, engineers providing necessary maintenance on the machine can scan QR code applied to the tool to view documents instantly that can show them process photos and videos regarding the operation.
“As part of our current pilot project, we are relying on augmented reality to optimize the maintenance and repair of our machines and to minimize the error rate. With the HoloLens glasses, our technicians have all the relevant information at a glance at all times and can concentrate fully on their work at the same time. In this way, the AR glasses help to further increase work safety.” – Miroslav Kroupa, Head – Brand Management, Skoda Auto.
“The tool makes it possible to exchange information flexibly anywhere and at any time, even with colleagues at other locations or in different time zones. This speeds up maintenance processes significantly and is an enormous advantage, especially in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the glasses add gamification elements to everyday work and inspire young candidates for technical professions.” – Miroslav Kroupa.
The HoloLens consists of a set of glasses linked to a camera-projector system. The design of the AR glasses allows for peripheral vision, with the virtual information integrating with the physical environment.
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