Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are becoming more common in our everyday world. Their integration into the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring about drastic changes in how we interact with technology, including ways that are hard to predict. It is safe to say that this technology will become an integral part of our lives in the coming years. According to a study, "The global AR and VR market is expected to grow to $209.2 billion by 2022".
Primarily, augmented and virtual reality uses computer-generated images to input context to change the overall experience. Here is the sweet spot for companies with IoT devices, but businesses must contextualize IoT data and analytics to do so.
How is IoT improving processes?
The Internet of Things (IoT) provides customer-centric organizations with a unique opportunity to connect to critical clients and improve service outcomes. Companies can couple the technology with IoT devices and analytics into customer value to enhance:
- Streamline business processes
- Patient support
- Proactive customer service
- Supply chain and delivery
A few of the use cases where AR/VR revolutionized the IoT world
As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows and becomes more pervasive, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies will play a key role in shaping how our devices interact with the people and the world around them.
- IoT devices range from smart buildings to smart cars and smart cities. For the most part, these devices are passive, processing data without actively interacting with other objects. But AR/VR will change that.
- AR and VR combine digital images with the real world. AR apps augment physical objects, like building interiors or factory floors, with computer-generated graphics and sounds. VR apps replace the real world with a simulated one.
- For IoT, AR/VR will play an essential role in enabling humans to interact with smart devices and share them with others.
- AR and VR (and related technologies, such as gesture recognition and voice control) have many applications in IoT use cases.
- AR and VR enable people to perform tasks, interact with devices remotely, and share the experience with others.
For example, AR apps allow workers to inspect a piece of equipment from the safety of a control room. VR systems allow workers to perform complex tasks remotely, including installing large equipment, such as wind turbines and repairing them.
- AR and VR can be used to help workers learn to operate equipment and teach novice workers how to use complex equipment.
- VR and AR are used in several industrial safety applications, including training workers to operate heavy equipment.
While the potential uses for augmented reality and virtual reality extend beyond the imagination, this market is at an early stage of development.