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

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.

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