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Human Machine Interface 101: a primer on new emerging AR and VR techniques that enable human interaction with new emerging technical environments

  • human machine interface
  • HMI
  • virtual reality
  • VR
  • augmented reality
  • AR
  • Jim Morrish
Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies are wide ranging, and include concepts as diverse as haptic feedback to neural sensing. It is, however, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and particularly AR, that will be most impactful in an enterprise context.

Human Machine Interface (HMI) technologies are wide ranging, and include concepts as diverse as haptic feedback to neural sensing. It is, however, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and particularly AR, that will be most impactful in an enterprise context.

Augmented Reality in particular is interesting because it has the potential to separate the means of accessing device information from an actual device. User interfaces can be configured in multiple ways, optimised for different users and different use cases, and rapidly developed and enhanced. This kind of approach is particularly beneficial in the context of supporting field engineers undertaking dangerous jobs, potentially in remote locations, and potentially servicing particularly complex devices.

This Technology Insight Report provides an overview of Human Machine Interface technologies, particularly focussing on AR & VR as key enabling technologies in the wider Digital Transformation space. It describes the overall market dynamics for Human Machine Interface technologies, including market size and development trajectory, use cases, best practices, and recent market developments. The report explores the vendor landscape for distributed ledger technologies, innovative players, vendor selection criteria, and highlights opportunities and risks for end users.

The report also includes an analysis of the key solution characteristics of relevant case studies contained in Transforma Insights’ Best Practice & Vendor Selection database, including payback time, process efficiency and value proposition impact, and a range of technology-specific characteristics.

  • Microsoft
  • PTC
  • Toshiba
  • WakingApp
  • Human Machine Interface