Augmented reality glasses were built by BMW to help its mechanics fix vehicles.
To tackle the fixing process of modern electronics in BMW vehicles, the Munich-based engineers designed a pair of augmented reality glasses that show users and mechanics step-by-step instructions on how to fix an engine, simply by looking at it.
Furthermore, the highly-advanced glasses come to also help those with no previous mechanical experience.
Using augmented reality, the glasses display the guide and instructions to the user through a 3D color display that is laid over the top of the original engine view. Animations explain exactly how to dissemble car parts and to diagnose issues.
The relevant engine part is highlighted and a written instruction is displayed in the top left-hand corner of the screen. The glasses come with headphones that also read the instructions out loud.
In the bottom left-hand corner, the glasses will show a picture of the tool needed to carry out the job.
The list of instructions can be recalled by pressing the data button.
BMW explained: ‘Using augmented reality, the mechanic receives additional three-dimensional information on the engine he is repairing, to help him in diagnosing and solving the fault.
‘Apart from the real environment, he sees virtually animated components, the tools to be used and hears instruction on each of the working steps through headphones integrated inside the goggles.’