Augmented reality (AR) is the future of computing, hailed to be the most intuitive and user-friendly computing experience. So much has been written about AR’s unlimited potential and thousands of hours of screen time have been devoted to imagining how AR can improve our lives.

Both business influencers and app developers see AR as a tool for enhancing productivity. In fact, it is already in your workplace, enhancing productivity.

Below, you can read about some of the ways AR is being used today.

Data Visualization

While it’s considered inappropriate to display 3D bar charts or lines on screens, papers, and other 2D surfaces, those 3D bar charts and lines help us by adding an extra layer of informational cues. This way users are able to understand the data they’re interpreting better.

The company Great Wave has taken this into consideration. This professional services firm boasts vast experience in developing business and productivity apps. Today, their efforts are focused on AR data visualization. The company recently built an application, which takes organizations’ Salesforce sales data and visualizes it in augmented reality so that users can manipulate the data they are analyzing directly, which is what they’ve always wanted.

The app, which is called Analytics AR, both lets users dive and dig into their data literally and makes data analysis and visualization a new and improved experience.

Maintenance and Assembly

Like the Internet itself, AR entered the workplace as a result of a company struggling with a specific issue. AR was simply the solution to the issue. In the early 90s, factory workers at Boeing had to work with horribly complicated airplane wiring instructions displayed on big boards made of plywood. They had to rewire each board manually at each step of the manufacturing process, which was no easy feat given the inefficiency, deadlines, and other complications.

AR and AR headsets were introduced to Boeing’s factories by two researchers, Tom Caudell and David Mizell. In fact, they were the ones who came up with the term “augmented reality” itself). Factory floors were most probably the first places where AR was used on a daily basis to improve worker productivity and make supply chains more effective.

Today, corporations like General Electric (GE) are using AR more and more often (through both headsets and mobile devices) as part of their factories’ processes and workflows.

In conclusion, we can’t really be surprised by any of these developments given that many studies have shown the use of AR can enhance people’s focus and efficiency.