Augmented Reality, Hologram-like Images Enter the Workplace / by Scott A.

Special glasses display diagrams on the factory floor; ‘You’re…experiencing much more than you’re analyzing’


The future of data visualization is unfolding on the factory floor of AGCO Corp., a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Factory workers in Jackson, Minn., don augmented-reality glasses that display diagrams and images of instructions to help them conduct quality checks on tractors and chemical sprayers. Logging quality checks is up to 20% faster with the use of Google Glass, said Peggy Gulick, director of business-process improvement.

Next year, the company, based in Duluth, Ga., will experiment with...