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Open Access Overcoming Limitations of the HoloLens for Use in Product Assembly

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Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology that could greatly increase training efficiency and effectiveness for assembly processes. In fact, studies show that AR may reduce time and errors by as much as 50%. While many devices are available to display AR content, the use of Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) is the most interesting for manufacturing and assembly as they free up the user’s hands. Due to the emerging nature of this technology, there are many limitations including input, field of view, tracking and occlusion. The work presented in this paper explores the use of the Microsoft HoloLens to deliver AR work instructions for product assembly. An AR assembly application was developed to guide a trainee through the assembly of a mock aircraft wing. To ensure accurate instructions were displayed, novel techniques were developed to mitigate the HoloLens’ tracking and display limitations. Additionally, a data visualization application was developed to validate the training session and explore trends through data collected from the HoloLens along with wearable physiological sensor data.
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Keywords: Augmented Reality; Microsoft HoloLens; Product Assembly; Work Instructions

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 13, 2019

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