Can small and medium enterprises benefit from AR technology? Current challenges and trends
Authors: Vadym Bilous, Kirill Sarachuk
Abstract: Albeit augmented reality (AR) technologies first have been discovered in the third quarter of the 20th century, their widespread use began just two decades ago. Existing paper trails show that AR has a wide range of industrial application: it simplifies human-machine communication, improves human-machine interfaces (HMI) for quick information exchange in training (including feedback to study the workflow), correction of errors, machine maintenance, assembly assistance etc. However, broader industrial acceptance of AR, prior to all by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), recently faced considerable problems and the expansion of AR solutions does not match the high potential it has demonstrated. That results in a limited practical use, mainly for demonstration and advertising purposes. This short review is to present the state of the art of the industry, challenges that SMEs face in adopting AR technologies, and several practical examples of a (commercial) adoption of AR. Some prospects for further development of AR and its ongoing integration into industry are briefly discussed in the summary.
Keywords: Augmented Reality, AP planning system, AR for SMEs
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