Ars Technica: Augmented Reality Gets To Work — and gets past the "Glassholes"

Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher reports on the state of AR in Enterprise, discusses the current role of “Just Enough AR”

Mobile tech, Internet of things, cloud delivers info to workers’ fingers, eyeballs.

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years. But the technology—the projection of data or digital imagery over real-world objects—has largely remained the stuff of fighter cockpits at the high end and of mobile games and art projects on the low. The promise of Google Glass—real augmented reality for the masses—failed to materialize.

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But augmented reality doesn’t necessarily have to use see-through glasses to be effective. There are applications in the field today that do almost all of what most industrial applications require of AR—with no headset required.

Just Enough AR

One of those is iQagent, a set of mobile and server applications from iQuest, an Alpharetta, Georgia based software company that focuses on plant automation and control systems. Bob Meads, president of iQuest, told Ars that iQagent is “just enough augmented reality” for the company’s industrial customers——while it doesn’t try to overlay visualizations or images on top of the real world through an iPad’s camera, it does associate data with locations and machinery.

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