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Benefits

As we look at some of these augmented reality scenarios, two factors come into play. One is the use of mobile computing and the other is the augmented reality that these mobile computers provide. The mobile computing devices, and especially wearable devices such as headsets, help to adapt computer systems around the way that we naturally move and observe the world rather than requiring us to adapt ourselves and our movements around machines. In this manner they help to eliminate the additional process steps that take us away from the point of business activity to perform data entry or lookup tasks. By taking the computer with us as we walk around a historic building, we have a virtual tourist guide that can readily understand where we are looking and that can provide targeted information to us much as guide books do today.

Beyond virtual tourism, the combination of mobile computing and augmented reality can be applied to industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. In the healthcare industry, applications may include enabling doctors to see x-rays or CAT scans superimposed on their patients. In the manufacturing industry, applications may include helping plant workers to see assembly instructions next to the parts and equipment they are working on. Additionally, knowledge workers could be able to view and navigate three-dimensional images of information that is unconfined to the limits of their PC desktops.


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