What is an Augmented Reality Warehouse?
Augmented reality makes use of wearable technology that combines vision and voice-guided picking. This produces a fast, hands-free solution for various industrial environments.
Augmented reality picking makes use of smart glasses that create virtual images and information. Once the command is given, the operator wears the glasses and then proceeds to scan the barcodes that are within the display. Virtual and real-world information is combined to produce fast and accurate results — an upgrade from previous incarnations of warehouse picking technology.
Augmented reality works as follows: You first start by having your operator wear smart glasses. Next, load the batch orders to be picked. The smart glasses have a built-in microphone where the operator can make queries. The operator then receives the next location where the pick is going to be performed. The operator heads toward the location. The smart glasses automatically scan the location bar code and confirm that the operator is in the right place.
The vision system built in the glasses recognizes the product viewed and verifies the item if it’s correct. Operators can visually and audibly be guided to place the product into the picking cart. Once the pick is complete, the system proceeds to update the order status and inventory levels. The operator then repeats the steps until all the batch orders are completed.
Since the glasses provide guidance to the operator, the room for error is reduced. Using smart glasses equipped with this technology instantly streamlines the logistics and warehouse processes of various companies. By simply looking at the bar code, the technology in the smart glasses automatically scans the barcode.
The main problem most logistics companies and warehouse companies face is speed. Every second spent counts. Operators are constantly moving and carrying scanners while also managing their orders. They perform everything with their hands, so they can be slowed down if they’re carrying equipment at the same time. Smart glasses eliminate the need to carry an extra scanner. Your operators can be free from these nuances and go for a completely hands-free operation. Operators will only carry the items that need to be sorted and organized. The scanning is done by the smart glasses. Juggling items is no longer a worry for your operators.
SAP has also developed a mobile app to accompany smart glasses. The app connects to the back end system and loads the warehouse picking tasks for the day. There’s also a voice recognition system present within the app and the glasses which can give step-by-step instructions and prompts. To navigate the functions of the glasses, the operator only needs to speak. The system will recognize specific prompts and display the information through the glasses itself.
The benefits of SAP AR Warehouse Picker are useful for all logistics and warehouse companies. It’s a fully mobile wearable technology that doesn’t require recharging for a long period of time. An entire workday shift can be covered with just one charge. The graphics of the user interface are in full color with a high-resolution display which is comparable to a smartphone. You can display information without reaching for another device.
The glasses use voice-control processing with the built-in speakers, microphone, and voice recognition. These glasses can easily capture and execute voice commands. The glasses also utilize a built-in camera that can capture video and scan barcodes. The visual aid of the built-in camera provides optical recognition with accurate supply chain operations. You will always pick the correct product during any process.
The smart glasses are also equipped with a built-in GPS system that can assist the operator in navigating the warehouse. Another useful feature of the smart glasses is the gesture recognition engine. It can recognize certain movements which the system can use as commands.