DAQRI Worksense: Five Industrial Applications for Augmented Reality
Andrew Wheeler posted on March 07, 2018 |

Back in November of 2017, DAQRI released their augmented reality Smart Glasses. At USD 4995, the system is not cheap enough for a high volume of individuals to consider. However, for the enterprise and industrial customers DAQRI is targeting, USD 4995 per pair might prove to be a valuable investment if they can demonstrate a valuable increase in productivity when deployed in training, visualization, manufacturing as well as service and repair operations.

DAQRI Smart Glasses run a homegrown Visual Operating System (VOS) built internally. They weigh 0.7 pounds, use Intel Core m7 processors and give the user a 44-degree Field-of-View (FoV) to play with. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, they display content at 90 frames per second at a resolution of 1360 x 768.n With an array of sensors, an HD color camera, a wide-angle tracking camera, a depth-sensing camera, the DAQRI Smart Glasses, coupled with the new Worksense application suite are primed for industrial testing and enterprise use cases. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
DAQRI Smart Glasses run a homegrown Visual Operating System (VOS) built internally. They weigh 0.7 pounds, use Intel Core m7 processors and give the user a 44-degree Field-of-View (FoV) to play with. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, they display content at 90 frames per second at a resolution of 1360 x 768. With an array of sensors, an HD color camera, a wide-angle tracking camera, a depth-sensing camera, the DAQRI Smart Glasses, coupled with the new Worksense application suite are primed for industrial testing and enterprise use cases. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)

What is DAQRI Worksense?

DAQRI Worksense is a productivity suite of five applications for DAQRI Smart Glasses. It will be available in two editions: Standard and Pro.

DAQRI Worksense Standard and Pro will both come with five augmented reality applications:

1.       Show

2.       Tag

3.       Scan

4.       Model: BIM Edition

5.       Guide

Available first through the DAQRI Worksense Early Adopter Program, the only application available to accepted applicants is Show, though the company plans to release previews for customers and deploy new Worksense apps plus additional features as they roll them out over the next few months.

The Difference Between DAQRI Worksense Pro and Standard Editions

For USD 549, customers who opt for the DAQRI Worksense Pro Subscription will buy 24 months of access to additional features that will allow users to engage in analytics and collaboration at the enterprise level. The company is offering a discounted promotion for early adopters interested in the DAQRI Worksense Pro subscription at USD 389 from now until May 31st of 2018.

These Augmented Reality Applications Are Designed to Improve Existing Business Processes, not Create New Ones

DAQRI has been working with more than 100 enterprise organizations worldwide to aggregate and refine the experiences and feedback into five professional grade augmented reality applications.

DAQRI Show

The only Worksense app currently available, DAQRI Show enables users to channel other people into your work environment, and allows them to see what you see, direct you if needed, and make annotations on your view. Hands-free communication with remote experts or customers, DAQRI Show is distilled from customer feedback and engagement with the DAQRI Remote Expert app, which customers have been using for the last twelve months.
The only Worksense app currently available, DAQRI Show enables users to channel other people into your work environment, and allows them to see what you see, direct you if needed, and make annotations on your view. Hands-free communication with remote experts or customers, DAQRI Show is distilled from customer feedback and engagement with the DAQRI Remote Expert app, which customers have been using for the last twelve months. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)

DAQRI Tag

This application will allow users to tag their work environment with information and multimedia content. This means that assets can be tagged within a facility like a factory, manufacturing training operation, or any workspace. DAQRI Tag also has a feature that lets users link to live data from IoT systems like Honeywell BMS or IBM Maximo, simplifying hands-free work in areas like maintenance and compliance. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
This application will allow users to tag their work environment with information and multimedia content. This means that assets can be tagged within a facility like a factory, manufacturing training operation, or any workspace. DAQRI Tag also has a feature that lets users link to live data from IoT systems like Honeywell BMS or IBM Maximo, simplifying hands-free work in areas like maintenance and compliance. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
DAQRI Scan
This application allows users to capture as-built models of environments in photorealistic 3D models. DAQRI Scan is an application for asset installations, retrofits and change detection and the 3D models will be available for use in engineering software from Siemens and Autodesk, tools like SketchUp or gaming engines like Unity. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
This application allows users to capture as-built models of environments in photorealistic 3D models. DAQRI Scan is an application for asset installations, retrofits and change detection. The 3D models will be available for use in engineering software from Siemens and Autodesk, tools like SketchUp or gaming engines like Unity. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)

DAQRI Model: BIM Edition

This AR application from the Worksense productivity suite allows users to leverage high-resolution 3D models from Autodesk BIM 360, enabling users to create full-scale 1:1 walkthroughs of 3D model assets. This will allow architects, structural engineers and construction operators to stay on the same page through multiple stages of design and construction. This will also enable these parties to iterate with greater expedience and less delay between office and on-site environments. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
This AR application from the Worksense productivity suite allows users to leverage high-resolution 3D models from Autodesk BIM 360, enabling users to create full-scale 1:1 walkthroughs of 3D model assets. This will allow architects, structural engineers and construction operators to stay on the same page through multiple stages of design and construction. This will also enable these parties to iterate with greater expedience and less delay between office and on-site environments. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)

DAQRI Guide

Augmented reality is ideal for overlaying digital information in different industrial and enterprise environments, and DAQRI Guide allows users to do this with instructions and reference media, parceling out specific content designed for individuals responsible for different segments of a company’s business in multiple environments. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)
Augmented reality is ideal for overlaying digital information in different industrial and enterprise environments, and DAQRI Guide allows users to do this with instructions and reference media, parceling out specific content designed for individuals responsible for different segments of a company’s business in multiple environments. (Image courtesy of DAQRI.)

Developing for DAQRI

Using the Vos Extension for Unity, software developers are using the gaming engine Unity 3D software to create new augmented reality content and port existing projects to try out on DAQRI Smart Glasses from projects created for DQRI Smart Helmets. After downloading the Vos Extension for Unity, DAQRI has a number of interesting tutorials that reveal more of the hardware mechanics from a user perspective.

IBM Maximo and DAQRI Integration

Expect to hear more about this combination from both IBM and DAQRI in the near future. IBM Maximo is designed for asset management of IoT and other “edge” devices. In an enterprise environment, there is a constant influx of real-time data from individuals, their devices, company devices and sensors. Maximo allows users to manage asset data in real-time from the cloud or in-situ.

IBM Maximo is preconfigured for segments of global industry including utilities concerns, oil and gas companies, aviation organizations, nuclear power plants, transportation groups and life sciences. The integration with DAQRI will combine data management of IoT devices with the ability to read real-time information on DAQRI Smart Glasses, enabling the integration of multiple data streams into decision-making workflows.

Bottom Line

Professional grade augmented reality applications for enterprise and industrial users may prove useful enough to offset the cost of implementing the technology at a large scale. If the DAQRI Worksense suite of applications can clearly demonstrate value in cost-benefit analyses from a range of industrial and enterprise organizations without cumbersome issues that prevent implementation, then adoption of AR tech like the DAQRI Smart Glasses will become a no-brainer.  

The ability to 3D scan work environments and view BIM models in-situ is promising, and since DAQRI’s current customers are all privy to receive a trial of DAQRI Worksense Pro (Worksense Standard won’t be available until later this year), decision-makers will be able to discern what is working and what is not, making adjustments along the way.

Customers like Norwegian-based technology company SHM use DAQRI Smart Helmets and Smart Glasses for maritime, offshore and aquaculture industry activities. They provide solutions and services that cover broad areas like cyber-physical systems, maritime technology, computer science and automation as well as aquaculture. They use DAQRI technology as prime factors in cutting costs of services they provide. For example, aquaculture users can video conference with remote experts in-situ and without the use of their hands.

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