Bath Iron Works and Electric Boat are two large shipbuilders that are actively involved in deploying AR applications for direct manufacturing. This presentation will highlight some of the long history of advanced visualization technologies used in ship design. We will move on to more recent developments in the use of AR in the shipyard. We will discuss some of the unique challenges of doing R&D in the defense industry, and the difficulties of moving new technologies into a production setting. Both shipyards are part of the larger General Dynamics Corporation (GD). We will share lessons learned in the establishment of an XR working group across all the business units of GD, and some success stories of collaboration. Finally, we will show some examples of AR applications we are fielding in production, and touch on future plans.
COVID 19 has exposed the lack of investment in frontline worker technology making manufacturing and service companies struggle to maintain operational readiness in the face of social distancing, travel restrictions, and an uncertain workforce. AI-based Connected Worker platforms provide the capabilities to address these challenges while providing the foundation for long term digital transformation of manufacturing and service workers. Listen to serial entrepreneur (ThingWorx, Lighthammer, Wonderware) Russ Fadel describe his vision for the future connected worker.
Too often, data that can improve worker productivity is lost because it is not delivered to the right person, at the right time, in the right way. This challenge becomes more acute as the amount of data and the speed of operations increase, placing increased stress on the worker. With a heads up display, businesses have the opportunity to provide information right in the worker's line of sight in simple, easy to understand, efficient ways that reduces stress while improving productivity, efficiency, and safety. In this session, Six15 Technologies will showcase how they are solving the data problem for essential workers from the military to the warehouse, and how HUD’s make their simpler and safer.
Join Brian Vogelsang, Senior Director and XR Product Management of Qualcomm Technologies inc. and Raffaella Camera, Global Head of Innovation & Strategy at Accenture Extended Reality as they present a case study around event planning in the hotel industry. The Accenture XR Event Planner is an immersive, collaborative and interactive augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solution piloted in partnership with Qualcomm, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) and InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The XR Event Planner solution extends the digital consumer journey to include mobile, mobile AR, AR glasses and VR headsets—enabling event planners, buyers and hotel sales staff to visualize, customize and move through event spaces remotely and collaborate throughout the process. Focus group feedback and market analysis shows hotels could shorten the sales cycle, improve brand affinity and connection with clients and increase revenue up to 8 percent in the $330 billion annual US meetings and events industry.
Predicting and immersing one with the future is always a challenge and a desire. The IEEE rises to that challenge based upon the work it does on multiple new and emerging technologies through serving as a catalyst for developing new innovations, products and services.
IEEE Future Directions serves as an incubator for these new initiatives. One of its focus areas, Digital Reality serves to explore and enable the coming Digital Transformation through collaboration among technologists, engineers, regulators, practitioners, and ethicists around the world. The Digital Transformation is fueled by advances in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Quantum, and applications using the copious amounts of continuously generated data. By leveraging these technologies and others developed such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct, thus enabling an immersive intelligent digital world. Applications are already quickly emerging across the broad fields of education, manufacturing, medicine, entertainment, automotive, enabling the sharing of services, and more.
Emphasis will be upon presenting practical applications and its implementations of interest to attendees. Subject matter expert speakers will comment on current and past implementations.