5 Augmented Reality Suppliers to Watch in 2017: Page 2 of 3

Augmented reality (AR) isn't just for games. Here are five companies looking to bring AR into enterprise, including the factory and beyond.


The LGS can guide a worker through a task step by step as it's being performed and eliminate the need for printed work instructions or computer screens and can also ensure workers do not miss key steps in an assembly or maintenance process.

The company has also recently announced a partnership with Hewlett Packard on its Light Guide Pro System, a more compact version that runs on a HP Sprout Pro PC and is targeted at office, hospital, and home use.

3.) Ngrain

Canada-based Ngrain is aiming to be an enabler for AR applications. Company's Producer Pro software is an automated platform for managing, producing, and deploying AR experiences without the need for coding or 3D graphics experience. Customers can create content for maintenance and assembly applications and upload it to a mobile app.

The company's name comes from the idea of treating models as though they are made of grains of sand. Ngrain's software utilizes a proprietary engine captures numerous, granular 3D data points of an object (voxels, the 3D equivalent of pixels) in order to create a detailed, 3D model that can then be delivered via the software. From there users can use AR glasses, tablet, or other wearable display to examine a virtual simulation of the object in a real-time environment.


4.) Vuzix

On the hardware end, Vuzix has become the new AR company on everyone's mind. With Google Glass shelved and the Microsoft's Hololens still building up momentum, customers are still waiting for a headset to do for AR what the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have done for virtual reality (VR).

After a successful showing of its M3000 smart glasses at CES 2017, the company is expected to roll out its enterprise smart glass product in summer of 2017. The M3000 is meant to be an AR headset for enterprise and commercial applications, targeted at industrial, medical, supply chain, retail, and help desk applications (i.e. those being created by other suppliers on this list). At the M3000's core is an Intel Atom processor and 64GB of built-in memory. The headset also features a camera for live streaming and recording as well as wireless connectivity capabilities that allow it to interface with Android and iOs devices. It also features head tracking, GPS, as well as voice control and gesture controls (via a touch pad).



5.) ESI Group

While not an AR-based company, what makes French company ESI Group interesting is that it is tackling the same issues many AR suppliers are looking at, but doing so with VR.

ESI Group's focus is on what the company calls, “immersive virtual engineering,” combining immersive VR with virtual prototyping . The latest version of their software IC.IDO (pronounced “I See, I Do”) adds support for head-mounted displays (HMDs) like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive as well as their respective handheld controllers, in addition to VR CAVEs, powerwalls, and desktop systems. The software allows engineers to create virtual simulations of devices, products, and environments and is targeted at process release engineers, manufacturing process engineers, assembly


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