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Volume: 31 | Article ID: art00006
Overcoming Limitations of the HoloLens for Use in Product Assembly
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2019.2.ERVR-179  Published OnlineJanuary 2019

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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Jack Miller, Melynda Hoover, Eliot Winer, "Overcoming Limitations of the HoloLens for Use in Product Assemblyin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality,  2019,  pp 179-1 - 179-9,

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