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Volkswagen is issuing AR glasses as standard factory equipment


Following a successful 3-month pilot program at its Wolfsburg plant, Volkswagen announced on Tuesday that it will begin issuing 3D smart glasses to its plant logistics personnel. These glasses, which display information like bin locations and part numbers directly in the user's line of sight, should help speed up order picking. That is, they'll tell plant employees if the parts they're holding are the parts they actually need. And to keep the process as hands-free as possible, a camera embedded in the specs will double as a barcode scanner.

"Digitalization is becoming increasingly important in production," Reinhard de Vries, Head of Plant Logistics at Wolfsburg, said in a statement. "The 3D smart glasses take cooperation between humans and systems to a new level." Currently only 30 or so employees have chosen to use the optional headsets, however, the company remains confident that other employees and divisions will opt for them once they see the benefits that they provide.

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