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Volkswagen Germany plant goes hi-tech with 3D Smart Glasses

Snapshot: The glasses will help the workers get key information like the worker's field of vision, including part numbers and where they can be found.

With the increasing penetration of technology in the day-to-day life, questions about human touch is on a rise. But technology like 3D glasses has already proved its worth as an aid to help human capture details what a naked eye can't see otherwise. Volkswagen is all ready to implement the use of 3D Smart Glasses technology in its main plant to make things a bit easier.

Volkswagen, one of the biggest car manufacturer across the globe has decided to use the 3D smart glasses at its Wolfsburg, Germany manufacturing plant to aid its assemble line workers. The glasses will help the workers get key information like the worker's field of vision, including part numbers and where they can be found.

The glasses will also get voice-control capabilities for ease of operation, and a camera that automatically reads bar codes. This way, the chances of error will be minimized - pick up the right part and scan it, and it lights up green, scan the wrong part and it illuminates in red. Reinhard de Vries, Head of Plant Logistics at Wolfsburg, said: "Digitalization is becoming increasingly important in production. The 3D smart glasses take cooperation between humans and systems to a new level."

Volkswagen has already made the device gone through a three-month pilot program, and are now being rolled out for logistics. VW says that 30 workers are already using the smart glasses working in areas ranging from windshields to driveshafts. It's all voluntary for now and the union heads are waiting to see how the devices will be integrated into the workflow.

And if they work as they promise to do, VW will put the goggles to use in a wide array of production applications. The Wolfsburg plant of Volkswagen is one of the oldest and biggest facility in the world. Opened in 1938, the plant covers an area of two square miles, and has some 60,000 employees. The plant currently manufacturers Golf, Tiguan and Touran.

Works Council member Mario Kurznack-Bodner: "The benefits of new technology like the smart glasses can only be assessed effectively if we can check them out in normal production operation. The colleagues concerned approach the technology without any preconceived notions. Apart from health, safety and occupational medicine criteria, it is important to the Works Council that feedback from employees should be taken up and reflected in everyday work."

A couple of days back, we reported how Volvo has partnered with technology giant Microsoft to develop HoloLens, a technology that will help Volvo employees and customers understand a car better through virtual world. Such devices are set to make a big name for themselves in the automotive production to manufacture better and better cars!

You can click here to know more about the HoloLens tech!

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