Entering the New Age: How augmented reality will transform construction [Excerpt]

With the global market predicted to be worth approximately $133 billion by 2021, growing from just over $3 billion in 2015, augmented reality (AR) is undoubtedly one of the most exciting technological innovations around.

The technology, which layers digital elements on top of physical, real-world environments, has already made serious waves in the consumer world – most notably in the gaming and entertainment industries – but it is also changing the way we do business.

From enabling remote collaboration, to showcasing products and aiding the maintenance of machinery, innovative organisations are starting to embrace AR after realising the benefits it offers to both employees and customers.

And, although it is still relatively early days, there are three particular industries, including construction, that we [information-age.com] believe are perfectly placed to be completely transformed by this revolutionary technology over the coming year.

Construction – Building a digital future

With its roots so firmly embedded in the physical world, the construction industry has so far been slower than others to adopt technology in general, but the potential benefits of AR specifically are significant. For example, being able to digitally overlay complex or intricate features into a physical space can help workers more effectively plan projects and identify any potential problems early on, saving valuable time and money.

From an investor point of view, AR could also be used to showcase properties to prospective investors before they have finished being built, or turn 2D blueprints into interactive, 3D visualisations.

Indeed, companies offering services such as these are now springing up with increasing regularity. California-based start-up Daqri recently launched a headset that relays environmentally-based data directly into the user’s field of vision in real-time, thereby providing instant access to multiple layers of building information.

Another example is the SmartReality mobile app, which can place a 3D model in context in a range of situations including on a 2D set of plans, in front of an actual building site or on an image of the project’s site.

In construction, as in many other industries, new AR use cases and innovations are constantly appearing. Augmented Reality has the potential to be truly transformative and, as competition in the market continues to gather pace, the race is on to turn invention into reality.

Read the original article here: http://www.information-age.com/augmented-reality-transform-travel-healthcare-construction-123471325/


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