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5 Reasons to Invest in Spatial Computing

Spatial computing technology has played a role in the evolving XR and digital landscapes for some time. With the maturing of these technologies, the growing number of Use Cases, and the launch of the Apple Vision Pro – interest is rising in “ spatial computing ” because of the impressive visuals and immersive experiences with the integration of the “Real “ and “ Virtual “ worlds.  

Importantly, spatial computing is increasingly influencing human and machine interaction by enabling people to better communicate with each other and with digital services – intuitively, easily and seamlessly. These appealing and realistic capabilities fast-track learning and understanding, as well as making it easy and enjoyable for people to explore and have new experiences.

With spatial solutions, such as computer vision and haptic feedback, as well as AI and other technologies,  and the industry growing at a CAGR of 20.4% , people can interact with digital content and tools to improve decision making and outcomes by “ eXtending Reality “ since Spatial Computing –

Spatial Computing improves our experiences with computers and digital systems with glasses / goggles / headsets that provide engaging visuals and intuitive operation – not the traditional computer keyboard – to perform tasks, convey instructions, etc. With these capabilities, people navigate virtually or in augmented reality environments using gestures and eye movements. In addition, IoT sensors and tools can stream information directly to computer systems as well as touch and interact with digital content, using haptic feedback.

All of this leads to a more natural experience when interacting with digital environments and other people. An example of this is in the business world, people can interact with software and content intuitively, with minimal need for extra hardware. In the consumer world, it’s quick and easy to discover new products, services, communities, etc. For instance, spatial computing is one of the core concepts driving the development of autonomous cars, medical surgeries, training in manufacturing plants, sales promotions, etc.

Technologies linked to spatial computing, such as extended reality and artificial intelligence, are already impacting how we share and develop knowledge.  Many companies in numerous industries are utilizing XR training landscapes. These environments enable organizations to create realistic simulations of scenarios for a more interactive, immersive learning experience, etc. – to improve production, business results, reduce errors, mitigate risks, etc.

Advancements in spatial computing technology will only make simulated training and education more impressive since people can visually see what’s expected and practice actions, like performing surgery or repairing a machine – without using buttons and controllers – that promotes the development of mental and physical muscle memories.

Further, Spatial Computing Solutions create adaptive learning paths, adjusting content based on an individual’s interests, progress and skill level. With integrated tools for communication and AI, companies can even provide feedback to employees in real-time – to expedite learning and comprehension of subject matter.

With companies in the industrial and manufacturing industries using 3D visualization and digital twins to enhance product design strategies, spatial computing capabilities make it easy and more effective to experiment and test new concepts – to fast track project and product development progress, reduce costs and issues, etc.

In the manufacturing world, spatial computing systems help bridge the gaps between various systems, people, and processes. For instance, a worker can program a robotic arm using an AR interface and then use tools to control the technology from a distance or remotely. Spatial solutions can utilize IoT, AI, and automation to rapidly fix problems with machinery, implement repairs, or mitigate problems. These solutions provide better outcomes as well as a more productive and efficient workforce where machines and humans work more collaboratively and safely.

The rise of new, affordable, and accessible XR technologies has paved the way for a future of immersive collaboration.  And with the growing acceptance of hybrid work and to recognize the increasing complexity of performing certain tasks, spatial computing is an enabler for people to effectively collaborate across workplaces, local and remote environments, etc.

Spatial computing technology also helps to immerse team members in a more productive environment for a range of activities. For example, an organization can place personnel in a virtual environment where everyone can effectively interact with products, work together on creativity or ideation initiatives, sharing knowledge, enhancing communications, etc. to improve decision making.

Spatial solutions also provide field personnel or mobile employees with access to subject matter experts or project supervisors to address an issue or unusual situation on a timely basis. Innovative tools, like the Qualcomm spatial computing platforms, can merge physical and digital environments in real time. In addition, these tools are used to train and onboard new employees in the field, plant or office.

Spatial computing technologies positions an organization to raise the bar on Customer support and service. For example, in retail, spatial computing enables companies to support customers through their sales journey, deliver personalized insights, provide immersive instruction on how to use a new product or service, etc.

In the tourism and hospitality industries, spatial computing solutions provide content and context to consumers. For instance, museums can augment physical environments with information about each display’s history and origins.

In the healthcare landscape, spatial technologies are improving how medical practitioners perform procedures and support patients. For example, Surgeons are using extended reality and spatial computing technologies to visualize complex patient anatomies, plan and prepare for surgeries, deliver remote guidance, etc.

For those interested in creating new value, opportunity and making innovation more rewarding – investing in spatial computing is an important strategy.

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Feb 8, 2024            By  Rebekah Carter / CAIL            CAIL Innovation commentary                                       905-940-9000