Wearables as we know them are an emerging technology. They will contribute to and possibly even shape part of ‘industry 4.0’. There are many players in this space providing pieces of a complete wearables experience that includes hardware, software, add ons and SDKs augmented reality and more. Innovation industry leaders are partnering with wearables and augmented reality providers to design and deliver complete solutions.

Yesterday, SAP announced two forthcoming augmented reality (AR) apps, the SAP AR Warehouse Picker mobile app and SAP AR Service Technician mobile app. The planned apps are envisioned to help simplify and improve user experience and work processes by offering a hands-free working experience. There has been a lot of interest in the SAR AR apps so far, including this article from ComputerWorld: SAP to release AR apps on Android Wear for smart glasses in the workplace.

The SAP AR team will share more information about these apps this fall. In the meantime, here is an overview video and high level details. You can also find information about SAP AR solutions at www.sap.com/augmented-reality.

SAP AR Warehouse Picker:

  • Allow warehouse workers to do all required tasks using smart glasses, which is expected to improve situation awareness, efficiency and workplace security.
  • Enables hands-free experience using visualization and voice recognition to receive instructions via smart glasses, as well as allowing data entry to be handled through scanning or voice recognition.
  • Help warehouse workers by providing inventory location, alerts and instructions for maintenance handling, and the delivery of safety messages to prevent accidents.
  • Simplified authentication, the user experience is envisioned to be enhanced by eliminating the need to enter a username, password or other information required on the smart glasses.

SAP AR Service Technician:

  • Allow field service technicians to have hands-free access to visual enterprise model instructions.
  • Remote expert calling function which shall enable field service technicians to request support from any expert, which can help lower costs by focusing resources where they are needed.
  • Voice recognition, the app is expected to contain multiple features such as integration of 3D model animation and step browsing.
  • Voice notes, recording and playback functions on the device are intended to allow service technicians to create a knowledge base that is accessible to others.

You can learn more about the AR apps in an upcoming ASUG Mobile EAM session. Here are the details:

Untether Field Workers with Augmented Reality

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Duration: 60 minutes

The opportunity to untether field workers is here. With augmented reality, field service technicians are enabled with a “hands free” experience through visual enterprise models, gesture or touch events, voice recognition, and remote-expert calling to perform their tasks and operations.

Attend this webcast with SAP augmented reality experts to learn what augmented reality is all about, SAP’s current solutions for field workers, and customer use cases and co-innovation stories.

Register Now

For more information about the series, sessions #3 and 4,  please read Paul Kurchina‘s blog in the SCN Space for Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM).

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