Tesla Patents New AR App To Help Factory Workers Assemble Cars

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 11:46AM
Technology
Virtual Reality
Gadgets
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - 11:46AM
Tesla Patents New AR App To Help Factory Workers Assemble Cars
< >
Maurizio Pesce/Flickr CC BY 2.0
We've seen some futuristic-looking patents come out recently, including Google's recent one for wheeled, omnidirectional VR shoes, but the recent news from Electrek that Tesla has submitted a patent for an augmented reality app to help its factory workers is a pretty big coup for AR. Electrek reports that Tesla apparently gave the Google Glass a test run in its Fremont factory previously, and it looks like the new patent is building off of that experience.

The application may be integrated into a smartphone or a pair of AR glasses, the latter of which may be integrated into the factory's safety glasses. According to the patent, here's how it would work:

"The AR device captures a live view of an object of interest, for example, a view of one or more automotive parts. The AR device determines the location of the device as well as the location and type of the object of interest. For example, the AR device identifies that the object of interest is a right hand front shock tower of a vehicle. The AR device then overlays data corresponding to features of the object of interest, such as mechanical joints, interfaces with other parts, thickness of e-coating, etc. on top of the view of the object of interest."

The application is meant to help increase worker efficiency and speed, and definitely seems like the kind of tech that would see widespread use (unlike, you know, the original Google Glass). It's definitely a better move for factory workers than Amazon's recent patent for a cage to protect workers from robots wandering around on the factory floor.

Either way, Elon Musk needs to ensure that Tesla's automobiles are up to snuff if he's going to keep sending them to space. By the way, it looks like Starman and his Roadster have made it past Mars.

Y
ou can check out the full text of the patent here.

Cover image: Maurizio Pesce/Flickr: CC BY 2.0
Science
Science News
Technology
Virtual Reality
Gadgets
No