Augmented Reality and Internet of Things: A Combination of Innovations

We live in an increasingly connected and theoretically more intelligent world. Theoretically, it manages the large amount of data means using increasingly sophisticated tools to make it generate intelligent information for us. And this requires a lot of study and a change in the programs or ways of learning and acquiring skills.

Augmented reality, as we know, is an interactive graphic system that allows you to superimpose on the reality perceived by the user. For example, the camera of your smartphone and virtual objects in real time.

But what does this have to do with the Internet of Things?

The number of devices connected to the Internet (Internet of Things, IoT) has recently exceeded the total number of human beings on the planet.

Industry experts estimate that 50 billion objects will be connected to the Internet by the end of the decade. Moreover, they expect that the IoT will generate a total economic value of 6.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already changing the way we interact with the world. Our devices are smarter, and will allow us to set up soon. For example, the thermostat at the temperature we want or activate the washing machine or preheating the oven. And all this while we are coming home with our car.


Let’s remember how we worked before cell phones. It was necessary to be at the desk to take customer calls or answer specific requests and further information. Now everything has changed with smartphones. We can read emails in real time and respond promptly to requests received; we can share projects and rework them; we can prepare the presentation for our next meeting, and so on.

In short, we can hardly imagine carrying on our professional activity without the intelligent use of these objects (I prefer to say “intelligent use of objects” to “use of intelligent objects”). And in this case we are talking only about smartphones.

wearable technology

But if we consider the ‘wearable technologies’ (sensors, micro-computers, smartwatches, fitness bracelets and smart glasses, etc.), which are modeled around people’s bodies then they become a valid assistant for the needs of the user. Also when expanding its sensory capabilities then there are vast and completely new scenarios.

The possibilities of development of wearable technologies are many and the research is focusing in the direction of ever greater naturalness and comfort.

Companies have now understood the value of the IoT and many of them have started incorporating sensors into production facilities. These devices produce huge amounts of data that companies are starting to exploit to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors.

And it is here that the combination of augmented reality and the internet of things becomes crucial to imagine a “revolution in business” that goes well beyond what has happened with cellular phones or current smartphones.

The data access will be the key to this revolution. For example, we can imagine smart helmets in the construction sector that collect information on the environment in which a technician is operating and who provide real-time information and instructions useful to the same technician.

construction and augmented reality

This allows the worker to optimize working time and at the same time to improve the safety factor given the timeliness of the information he can use.

We also have the augmented reality applications that can help in the design and prototyping sector along with IoT. That is the ability to create and modify 3D models positioning them and combining them with the real environment from simulating stress tests up to virtual testing.

Augmented reality and virtual testing
Augmented reality and virtual testing

These are just some of the infinite examples of applications that combine augmented reality and Internet of things. It would be able to start a radical change in the most diverse areas such as industry, health, entertainment, sport and culture. These new initiatives are well linked to innovative educational projects that look at these new technologies as important opportunities for development and entrepreneurial growth.

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