Enabling Customizable Workflows for Industrial AR Applications

Valeriya Lehrbaum, Asa MacWilliams, Joseph Newman, Nischita Sudharsan, Seongjin Bien, Konstantin Karas, Chloe Eghtebas, Sandro Weber, Gudrun Klinker

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Abstract

Augmented Reality (AR) is increasingly considered for use in real industrial applications [8]. In our industrial research lab at Siemens Technology, we are continuously discussing suitable AR scenarios in business sectors involving power plants, wind turbine plants, and oil and gas factories. We have developed a company-internal AR system architecture, Hololayer, which provides AR facilities in a reusable manner to development engineers such that they can build their own AR applications for their specialized use cases. The integration of AR technology into industrial processes encounters many complex issues: we need to adhere to many safety, security and quality guarantees while also adapting quickly to the rapidly changing state of the art of AR devices (HMDs, tablets). To increase flexibility, it might be good to integrate Hololayer with one of the open frameworks that have recently been proposed [11], [29], [38]. Yet, care must be taken when converting an already existing, large company-owned framework like Hololayer to such platforms. Some of the proposed standardized APIs and communication protocols may be difficult to abide by, without requiring significant rewriting efforts or even violating company-internal regulations. In this paper, we report on our efforts to combine Hololayer with one such platform, Ubi-Interact [38]. This is a collaboration between Siemens technology and the FAR group at TU Munich. After exemplary descriptions of typical application scenarios, we present the underlying principles of Hololayer to support this range of applications. We then describe rudimentary concepts of Ubi-Interact, followed by an elaboration on the efforts to combine both systems for a selected application scenario and a discussion of the results achieved thus far.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2022
EditorsHenry Duh, Ian Williams, Jens Grubert, J. Adam Jones, Jianmin Zheng
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages622-630
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781665453257
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event21st IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2022 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 17 Oct 202221 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2022

Conference

Conference21st IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, ISMAR 2022
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period17/10/2221/10/22

Keywords

  • Human-centered computingHuman computer interaction (HCI)Interaction ParadigmsMixed/Augmented Reality
  • Human-centered computingUbiquitous and mobile computing

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