In industry 4.0, mechanical processes are combined with modern IT to speed up or facilitate working steps. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are possible technologies that are used.
With high-tech glasses, such as Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear, users can move within virtual realities. The technology can be used, for example, when car or aircraft manufacturers want to invite their customers to visit new models even though the engine has not yet been built. With Virtual Reality, customers can virtually "walk" through the aircraft and explore the new models in detail.
connects real objects to virtual data. The service technicians first take a photograph of the object’s details with their mobile device. Via a database connection, they receive additional information, such as CAD data, 3D animations, videos, an error analysis or necessary maintenance steps, according to the photographs. For additional help, the technicians can start a web conference with other experts using a tablet.
With the help of Mixed Reality, companies can project digital objects into real spaces. This is useful when constructing cars, for example, to visualize design proposals in 3D and to show them to all employees at the same time. The virtual inspection of new premises is also possible by projecting new design concepts into existing rooms. For the presentation and selling of objects, the Mixed Reality offers outstanding options: a customer can experience a car in a variety of configurations without the car being real. With the help of a hologram, he can "feel" the car and experience it from the outside and inside. The companies face the advantage of being able to better advise customers and more efficiently convince them to buy the product.