WHAT DOES INDUSTRY 4.0 REALLY MEAN?
Although this initiative is often associated with the introduction of new technologies in factories, the fourth industrial revolution is a much broader concept that encompasses profound transformations throughout the industrial value chain.
SMART FACTORIES STREAMLINE THE SUPPLY CHAIN
In order to remain competitive, Europe proposes to combine a huge array of new technologies to conceive a new industrial fabric, one in which small or mediumsized factories are more intelligent, fexible and interconnected and where moderate investments allow maximum optimization of each component of the production and supply value chain.
NEXT GENERATION INTERFACES OPTIMIZE INTERACTION WITH DATA
The introduction of increasingly intelligent systems at every step of the production value chain also requires the conception of new forms of interaction between men and machines.
VIRTUAL FACTORY REPLICA OPTIMIZES PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Factories of the future will not only be fully digitized and connected but also virtualized to offer workers digital replicas of real environments, thus making physical presence of human beings unnecessary in production environments.
IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGIES REMOVE THE FRONTIERS BETWEEN REAL AND VIRTUAL
Virtual Reality has anticipated, but soon will be paired with its sister: Augmented or Mixed
Reality. While the former facilitates the remote control and management of intelligent factories, the latter offers similar possibilities in-situ.
Palmer Luckey started his little revolution just a few years ago when he realized that by combining some of the smartphone’s sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, etc …) with new graphic processors, he could create a virtual reality goggle capable of offering a satisfactory experience at a reasonable cost. This was the dream pursued by engineers since the 1970s when Sony launched the Virtual Boy, a product created by visionaries too far ahead of their time.
FEELING IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD: THE EXPECTED ADDITION OF VIRTUAL SENSES
Interacting with Virtual Objects is another feld of development. Using your own hands in virtual environments has become an everyday option thanks to devices such as Leap Motion. Combining this technology with a virtual reality headset, you can see your hands and how your fingertips move so you can press buttons or push virtual objects. This capability will come integrated into most new-generation virtual reality headsets, such as the aforementioned Alloy by Intel.
WELCOME TO THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE
The future will offer a greater variety of virtual reality headsets. Some will remain connected to consoles and computers while others work independently. We will also see the price of VR Ready desktops and laptops fall dramatically. VR capability and graphics cards able to move virtual environments will eventually become standard in desktops, laptops and mobiles.
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Although this initiative is often associated with the introduction of new technologies in factories, the fourth industrial revolution is a much broader concept that encompasses profound transformations throughout the industrial value chain.Download