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Head-worn display-based augmented reality system for manufacturing
Author(s): Alok Sarwal; Chris Baker; Dragan Filipovic
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Paper Abstract

This system provides real-time guidance for training and problem-solving on production-line machinery. A prototype of a wearable, real-time, video guidance, interactive system for use in manufacturing, has been developed and demonstrated. Anticipated benefits are: relatively inexperienced personnel can provide machine servicing and the dependency on the vendor to repair or maintain equipment is significantly reduced. Additionally, servicing, training or part change-over schedules can be exercised more predictably and with less training. This approach utilizes Head Worn Display or Head Mounted Display (HMD) technology that can be readily adapted for various machines on the factory floor with training steps for a new location. Such a system can support various applications in manufacturing such as direct video guiding or applying scheduled maintenance and training to effectively resolve servicing emergencies and reduce machine downtime. It can also provide training of inexperienced operators and maintenance personnel. The gap between production line complexity and ability of production personnel to effectively maintain equipment is expected to widen in the future and advanced equipment will require complex servicing procedures that are neither well documented nor user-friendly. This system offers benefits in increased manufacturing equipment availability by facilitating effective servicing and training and can interface to a server system for additional computational resources on an as-needed basis. This system utilizes markers to guide the user and enforces a well defined sequence of operations. It performs augmentation of information on the display in order to provide guidance in real-time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5800, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays X: Technologies and Applications, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603142
Show Author Affiliations
Alok Sarwal, PercepTek Inc. (United States)
Chris Baker, PercepTek Inc. (United States)
Dragan Filipovic, PercepTek Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5800:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays X: Technologies and Applications
Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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