'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