Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Wearable Control Room

'At a 2004 human factors symposium, a group of automation experts presented a paper titled "The Wearable Control Room: A Prototype for Experimental Testing of New Concepts in Plant Operation." That was quite the futuristic concept at the time, but now, as wearable computing is on the verge of becoming a household word, are we that far away?
There is no doubt that the automation footprint is shrinking. In recent years we have seen increasingly more compact controller and I/O configurations, 3-D virtual reality systems that model the physics of production facilities and virtual servers which reduce the need for hardware dramatically. But will automation technology ever get small enough to wear?'
A recent post from www.real-time-answers.com, titled “The Wearable Control Room: Are we there yet?” covers technologies already in wearable control room such as:
  • Process monitoring on a smart watch
  • Cloud-based data management
  • 3D virtual reality on Oculus Rift

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