Sean Wilson, augmented reality developer with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s Integrated Manufacturing Group, demonstrates the power of the HoloLens. (Credit: AMRC)

Researchers have demonstrated how Microsoft’s HoloLens technology can be used for guiding robots to assist with assembly. Examples of the group’s augmented reality (AR) projects include delivering instructions in the workplace using tablets and wearable technology and using projection technology to show exactly where components need to be fixed.

The researchers have used HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets to create simulations that allow a wearer to practice assembling products using virtual components before actually doing the task. Another demonstration using the HoloLens and Skype showed how an expert could provide help directly to an engineer in the field by drawing arrows or transmitting text that can be seen by the engineer on their HoloLens headset.

The group is also assessing the HoloLens for its suitability to create proof-of-concept applications for automated assembly tasks and in-line support assistance. The ultimate goal is that they will be used for digitally assisted assembly techniques assisting engineers and technicians to improve quality and create efficiencies by reducing rework, scrappage, and concessions.