Bachleor's thesis 2016
The increasing connectivity of industrial-mechanical production processes to so called cyber-physical systems changes the working world vehemently. Surveillance and control of automated systems becomes a crititcal part of the human operator's task field. The bachelor's thesis takes a look on how Augmented Reality can be used to optimize processes and support the human opertors in the context of Industry 4.0. Therefore, potential and requirements have been analyzed and evaluated for the exemplary application in a printing plant. In the choosen scenario various operating contexts have been taken into account, resulting in the design of a multi-device solution focusing on the usage of a head-mounted display to assist the operator in fixing a crititcal system error. To evaluate the conceptual design with a usability test, a high-fidelidy prototype for the head-mounted display has been developed by Tobias Walter, a colleague at Ergosign. The bachelor's thesis was part of Ergosign's Industry Showcase 2016 giving corporate leaders a glimpse on technological possibilities and therefore has been demostrated on the SPS IPC Drives in November 2016.
For the evaluation of the conceptual design a usability test with eight participants has been conducted. The used high-fidelity prototype has been developed by Tobias Walter, a colleague at Ergosign. The video shows a screencast of the pilot test. Device: Samsung Galaxy S6 & Gear VR.