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5 Important IoT And AR Applications For The COVID-19 Era

Dylan Martin

From digital twins to wearables, these IoT and augmented reality applications could help organizations adapt to the new realities brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

Augmented Reality For Remote Assistance

With travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines, it's more difficult than ever before to get experts on the ground in front of systems that require specialized knowledge. What's one to do? Enter augmented reality. Organizations are increasingly exploring AR as a way to connect experts with workers who are on the front lines, whether it's at a manufacturing facility or a hospital.

One AR application that has emerged to address social distancing and travel restrictions is PTC's Vuforia Chalk, which Mike Campbell, executive vice president of augmented reality products, has described as "FaceTime on steroids," giving an expert the ability to view a system remotely and draw annotations over it. The company is offering the enterprise version of Vuforia Chalk as a free trial until the end of August. Since the offer began in March, PTC said thousands of companies have tried out the application. "The key value [proposition] here is, you're basically able to show somebody how to do something without being physically there," Campbell told CRN in April.

 
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