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Marine Mechanics Work 50% Faster Using Augmented Reality Goggles

New augmented reality goggles are helping Marine mechanics perform vehicle maintenance almost 50 percent faster than the current method -- using...

Jon Lombardo
Jon Lombardo on October 27, 2009.

According to recent testing, new augmented reality (AR) goggles are helping Marine mechanics perform vehicle maintenance almost 50 percent faster than the current method — using technical manuals on laptops. The AR headgear works by layering virtual instructions onto a real-world image using a heads-up display (like what a fighter pilot sees). This allows mechanics to quickly and precisely complete tasks such as wiring an ignition coil.

Besides the heads-up display, the AR system also uses text instructions, floating labels and arrows, and 3-D models of tools. An Android smartphone provides the wrist interface for cueing up new instructions.

Click here to see a video on how it works.

[via PopSci and Gizmodo]

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