Augmented Reality and Wearable Devices

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Emily Friedman

June 23, 2015

Written by Special Guest Blogger Saverio Romeo, Beecham Research

It is not a surprise that the connection between augmented reality and wearable devices, primarily hands-free devices, is a promising one. Initially, it was an idea in the hands of science fiction writers and visionary technology thinkers, but today it is not just promising, it is desirable and it is real.

Tremendous evolution in enabling technologies such as battery, user interfaces, sensors and processing has turned that connection into real products. And those real products are proving their positive impact in enterprises, obliterating the common, but false, understanding that AR and wearable devices were technologies just for gaming. Additionally, we are not talking about project testing, but we are talking about commercial deployments. The testing phase has proved that AR and wearable devices can enable easy access to knowledge systems in complex contexts, process optimization, and new levels of remote collaboration. Heads-up displays are used in manufacturing production systems for ensuring the right job procedure, in collaborative product design and prototyping, in remote assistance of distant specialised workers, and in surgery theatres for enabling the surgeon to access relevant data without being distracted from his or her main activities.

The market landscape behind that evolution and those business cases is rich and diverse in terms of players. The period 2015-2017 will be particularly significant in terms of growth. New commercial projects will be put in place. Certainly, some issues have to be faced such as the different speed of technological change the hardware and the software parts are experiencing. In theory, software is far more capable of what hardware allows; but the rich and cutting-edge landscape of players will certainly solve those problems. Since 2012, Beecham Research has looked at the wearable technology market and, recently, put emphasis on the evolution of AR and also VR because we strongly believe in their impact in the enterprise segment.

As Principal Analyst at Beecham Research, Saverio Romeo runs research in the areas of M2M, Internet of Things, wearable technologies and smart solutions for vertical sectors. During the last six years, Saverio has focused his technology and market research on the evolution of the mobile industry, primarily looking at European mobile network operators. He has done extensive research and published in areas such as mobile healthcare, smart cities, mobile and wireless innovative services, and data analytics in the mobile industry. He has recently worked extensively on wearable technologies for consumers and enterprises, but also on the evolution of M2M/IoT and their impact on vertical markets. Beecham Research is an official partner of EWTS '15.

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