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Is augmented reality actually a reality today?

What is Augmented Reality?

According to Wikipedia Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

Put simply, view of a real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated input.

Where is AR being used today?

Today, AR systems are commonly used in navigation, military, and healthcare applications with great success. One of the most common examples is where AR provides in-helmet displays of plane information for pilots.


Another example that could be easily overlooked is that football fans in the UK who watch matches on TV can see brightly colored lines overlaid on the pitch showing player movement, space and off the ball action.


One final example which brings AR to the everyday home is how IKEA is helping customers see if a piece of furniture will fit their desired location right in their house. It has been suggested that IKEA found that 14 percent of its customers end up home furniture which turns out to be the wrong size for its intended location.  So by helping customers physically see how things will look in their home it could not only increase customer satisfaction but also reduce costs in the returns business process.

Wearable’s at work.

In the examples above AR is becoming more commonplace in the world today. However, there are few companies that have determined how to apply wearables to the workplace.

At SAP we are integrating our solutions with wearable technologies such as smart glasses to bridge the gap between legacy infrastructures and systems to deliver innovative mobile solutions with augmented reality.

A great example of this is in Logistics where with AR software and integrated smart glasses, can free warehouse pickers’ hands and optimizes processes.  Warehouse pickers are constantly moving be that collecting items from location or packing them into cartons. Scanners have so far brought significant improvements to the warehouse picking process, a major drawback is that they must be held. Hands-free solutions mean workers can just carry picked items and receive prompts of next actions to keep them aligned to the business process with seamless integration of information with the Warehouse Management System (WMS).


Come and experience SAP Augmented Reality using Smart Glasses Technology at the upcoming SAP Innovation Forum in February.

View the agenda and showcase here:


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