GE Develops Augmented Reality-assisted Maintenance Manual

General Electric’s Research Center in Brazil is developing and testing a tablet-based (iOS and Android) Augmented Reality maintenance manual for workers on offshore oil rigs. Using the tablet’s camera, the Augmented Reality-assisted manual recognizes assemblies of pipes and valves and superimposes graphics and procedures for efficiently installing and maintaining infrastructure, effectively replacing printed work instructions and checklists.

This system is also helping to train well operators, displaying virtual procedures for workers to learn while collaborating with remote instructors. In the future, GE plans to support other devices, such as hands-free head-mounted personal displays.

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