Virtual reality glasses allow the user to travel to distant places and attend events without being physically present. In doing so, the user immerses in a virtual world that is hardly different in its perception from the real, physical environment. Virtual reality technology has by now found its way into our everyday lives. For example 360-degree videos are being used by social networks such as Facebook or YouTube. VR apps tha tmake outdoor activities such as climbing virtually accessable and overcome fear of heights or present 360° videos on hotel selection depict how real and virtual worlds will continue to merge in the future.
VR is no longer confined to the gaming and entertainment sector – innovative application scenarios are also increasingly being developed in the economic and industrial sector under the head-phrase Serious Virtual Reality.
“VIRTUAL REMOTE MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION”
The objective of AWS institute is to improve the maintenance and inspectionof plants and machines using VR-technology. In contrastto pure simulationsof virtual worlds, real world recordings in real time are performed to transfer the viewer to another place. The possibility ofvisual remote maintenance of dangerous plants, such as chemical factories or machinery which are difficult to access like rotors of windmills during operation will be especially relevant.
Using the 360 degree 3D camera the viewer is provided with absolutely realistic and detailed virtual reality shots, enabling even the smallest deviations to be recorded. Additionally, data and information relevant for the inspection can be embedded digitally and in real-time in the VR recordings to support the maintenancespecialist. For instance, surface analyses are executed automatically and potential break points are highlighted for the maintenance employee.
Watch this 360°-Video with VR glasses or move the picture!
THE AWSI DEMONSTRATOR
The exampleof a car transmission is demonstrated to show how a VR-supported remote maintencane can be carried out. A built-in 360° camera delivers a continuous live stream from inside the transmission. A maintenance specialist can now use VR glasses to obtain a virtual, real-time view of the transmission.It does not matter where the specialist is currently located or whether the transmission is in operation, the remote maintenance can be done anyway.
The visual inspection will be facilitated by the precise display of information on current speed, internal temperature or individual components. Additionally, there are construction plans, technical specifications and historical data which are provided on demand. Manual controllers enable interactions with individual objects in the scenario possible. This allows information objects to be moved within the field of view or anomalies to be highlighted in the image.
Speed through efficiency
If further expertise is required, manufacturers or other experts can also be consulted directly via the integrated video chat. In this process, the same insight into the transmission can be provided to them in order to consult the necessary maintenance measures on the basis of the joint assessment. Simultaneously, an on-site employee can be instructed to handle simple tasks immediately or solve the problems autonomously.
Thus not only travel costs aresaved but also required spare parts can be identified or procured in advance. This ensures that the right spare parts are available when a technician arrives. Furthermore, the consulting service itself does not require to travel, because the process is carried out remoteley which enables a needs-orientedconsultation and a minute-by-minute invoicing possible.
As a result, theoverall process becomesconsiderably more efficient and concretemeasures are accelerated and cost-effective for the customer.