3 Incredible Real Use Cases for Augmented Reality

Mar 18, 2020

2 min read

Augmented Reality technology can make a significant impact in pretty much every industry – here are the best current real-life applications of AR!

There are hundreds of Augmented Reality uses in real-life, such as training, work and consumer applications in various industries including public safety, healthcare, tourism, gas and oil, and marketing.

The first commercial application of AR technology was the yellow “first down” line that began appearing in televised football games in 1998. Some other popular examples of AR apps include AcrossAir, Google Sky Map, Layar, Lookator, SpotCrime, PokemonGo etc. We have collected 3 of the best examples of augmented reality real-world applications.

Here they are!



Travel brands can provide potential visitors with an even more immersive experience from a destination before they travel thanks to augmented reality technology.

With AR solutions, agents and destinations can give visitors more information and signposts to their destinations. AR apps can help holidaymakers navigate through resorts and learn about points of interests at destinations.

For example, a user may point their phone at a restaurant and instantly be provided with reviews or menus, or aim their tablet at a historic landmark and be presented with information about its history.

This has the ability to greatly enhance the entire travel experience and allows tourists to take in information on the go.


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Field Service


Whether it’s something as small as an air conditioner, or as large as a wind turbine, everyday field service technicians get dispatched to repair a piece of mission critical equipment that needs to get up and running as soon as possible.

Today, these technicians can arrive on-site with AR glasses or headsets and view whatever they’re repairing to more quickly diagnose – and fix – the problem. And instead of having to thumb through a repair manual, technicians can go about their business hands-free to get in and out faster than ever.




Augmented reality can also support ongoing maintenance of buildings and products. Service manuals with interactive 3D animations and other instructions can be displayed in the physical environment via augmented reality technology.

AR can help provide remote assistance to customers as they repair or complete maintenance procedures on products. It’s also a valuable training tool to help inexperienced maintenance crew complete tasks and find the correct service and parts information when they are on-site.




A company called DAQRI is focused on AR technology and developed a wearable AR tech smart helmet for industrial use. Engineers can see 4D images above assets in their facilities that prompt them with instructions and also give them a mapping of all asset functionality.

This wearable technology allows engineers to discover asset information faster and closes the knowledge gap for new hires.

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