Professor Karthik Ramani of Purdue University is joining forces with manufacturers to build virtual factories using augmented reality, so that they can test new labor-saving technologies in the virtual world before installing them in the real world. Is an autonomous robot going to make a factory more productive? With augmented reality, they can physically simulate how workers will interact with a robot or any other new technology. They can virtually experiment with rearranging their shop floor to maximize productivity. And if new technologies are successful, they can use augmented reality to train new workers. In essence, they can become pre-skilled to work efficiently before they ever set foot on the factory floor.
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