Headset-based AR and MR

Augmented and mixed reality technologies add or blend digital content in the real-world environment. Unlike VR headsets that shut out the real world to replace it with a virtual one, AR and MR headsets are see-through devices that let users simultaneously interpret both physical and digital information.

AR and MR headsets enable a variety of use cases, especially in enterprises, as they let workers stay hands-free and heads-up while receiving context-relevant digital information in their field of vision.

AR and MR – what’s the difference

Augmented reality (AR) enhances users’ perception of their actual surroundings with digital elements. AR augments what we already see, but the digital content and the real-world content are not able to interact with each other. While the majority of AR is still consumed on smart devices, several AR headsets, often referred to as smart glasses, are also available for both consumer and enterprise use.

Mixed reality (MR) seamlessly blends digital content with the real world – interactively and in real time. The digital and physical elements co-exist, and the digital content can interact with both the user and the physical world around the user. Delivered through an MR headset, such ‘intelligent’ virtual content enables user interactions through gaze control, hand gestures or voice commands.

AR and MR in industry

AR and MR are technologies that enhance human capabilities. Headset-based AR and MR make it possible to deliver actionable digital information in workers’ line of sight to any location where work is done – whether on site, on the factory floor, or in the field. Industrial applications include complex production, assembly, repair, maintenance, and logistics tasks. As an example, workers can access step-by-step instructions that guide them through a repair process or they can live stream their point of view and show what they are seeing to a remote expert, who can then assist them to complete a task. Providing workers with digital information on demand helps them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently, even compensating for skill gaps.

Stereoscape currently uses DAQRI Smart Helmet and Microsoft HoloLens for headset-based AR/MR. You can test-drive both devices in our showroom.

DAQRI Smart Helmet

DAQRI Smart Helmet™ is purpose-built for industrial environments. The heavy-duty headset features a see-through display with a large field of view, a high-speed wide-angle tracking camera, depth-sensing technology, and an integrated thermal camera. High brightness makes the helmet suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Head and eye protection, speakers and microphone are all built in – no need for separate hard hat, goggles and headphones.

DAQRI Smart Helmet uses AR to connect workers with real-time digital information in their physical environment, helping to improve efficiency, productivity and safety. The user interacts with the digital content using gaze-based interactions. DAQRI Smart Helmet can:

Visualise control data outside of the control room

Give intuitive step-by-step instructions to guide a worker through a task

Provide temperature data overlaid as heat maps on the real world to spot thermal anomalies

Enable remote assistance displayed directly in the user’s field of vision, helping resolve issues and concerns quickly and intelligently

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is a wireless MR headset that projects high-definition 3D holograms onto the real world. The headset features a see-through, holographic display and advanced sensors that capture information about what the user is doing and about the physical environment. The lifelike holograms can move, change, and be shaped in interaction with the user or the physical environment. The user can move freely and navigate and control the digital content via gestures, gaze and voice.

HoloLens brings 3D models out of the screen. People can walk around a virtual 3D model, interact with it, explore options and more. The technology also enables remote collaboration: Remote colleagues and other stakeholders can collaborate on the same 3D hologram, or employees can get guidance from a remote expert who can interact with the holographic content in the employee’s space.

Contact us to find out more about these technologies and to visit our showroom.