Augmented Reality Glasses and their role in reducing solutions inequity in society.
UtilityAR has a mission to bring Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses to the workforce across Europe and the world. But Why? We believe that AR glasses offers society an answer to some of the major issues which are challenging us today. It is a lofty and worthy ambition… a BHAG, but well worth our time and effort. And perhaps… your attention too.
Societal imbalance, unemployment and under employment
Unemployment and underemployment, particularly of young people is causing significant societal problems across Europe and the world. Many believe it is a significant factor in recent political upheaval, along with increasing instances of depression, obesity, and suicide. This marginalisation of large portions of society causes an imbalance which needs to be addressed. It is a terrible waste of potential and a very bad thing.
AR glasses can allow a less experienced technician to complete a job which they previously could not. In addition they can be used to train unqualified people more quickly and cost effectively. We believe there is plenty of work to be done, all we need are the people. AR glasses allow us to begin to address the imbalance in our society and bring people in from the margins.
Staff shortages and the deployment of distributed renewables
Across Europe and the world we see full employment of appropriately experienced, trained and qualified people. Though straight out of college graduates can struggle to find work, and older staff who don’t have the correct qualification also have trouble, experienced, trained and qualified workers are in great demand. The pressure on hiring departments to find appropriate people can force a reduction in standards which is dangerous. As explained above, AR glasses allow an organisation to put an old head on young (qualified) worker as well as training up an unqualified worker (to get the qualification) more quickly.
In additions the transition from centrally dispatched fossil fuel power stations to large numbers of distributed renewables creates a need for significant numbers of technical staff to deploy, maintain and operate the assets. The importance of deploying these renewables are clear. AR glasses allows the rapid upskill of workers to execute the change along with providing them with the tools they need to maintain the equipment.
Upskilling of work force in developing countries
As millions in the developing world join the middle class, the shortage of skilled workers to deploy new technology in these regions is a major barrier to progress. AR Glasses allow technology providers who are deploying equipment in these regions to upskill local workers quickly. This transfer of technology, skills and experience is positive for all, reducing travel and increasing the local knowledgebase. When combined with the opportunity (or necessity) for renewables deployment in these regions, we think AR glasses has a significant part to play.
We think everyone would agree that the issues highlighted above are serious and need to be addressed. We believe AR glasses linked to our technology is part of the solution. The problem is large however and the opportunity is great. It excites us. It is a worthy goal.