Augmented Reality in Maintenance-History and Perspectives

J Imaging. 2023 Jul 10;9(7):142. doi: 10.3390/jimaging9070142.


Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows virtual elements to be superimposed over images of real contexts, whether these are text elements, graphics, or other types of objects. Smart AR glasses are increasingly optimized, and modern ones have features such as Global Positioning System (GPS), a microphone, and gesture recognition, among others. These devices allow users to have their hands free to perform tasks while they receive instructions in real time through the glasses. This allows maintenance professionals to carry out interventions more efficiently and in a shorter time than would be necessary without the support of this technology. In the present work, a timeline of important achievements is established, including important findings in object recognition, real-time operation. and integration of technologies for shop floor use. Perspectives on future research and related recommendations are proposed as well.

Keywords: augmented reality; maintenance; task assistance.

Grants and funding

This work received financial support from the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra within the scope of Regulamento de Apoio à Publicação Científica dos Professores e Investigadores do IPC (Despacho n.º 12598/2020).