According to our survey, an impressive adoption of the technology is already afoot. More than one-third of US manufacturers we surveyed either already use VR technology or plan to do so in the next three years, with adoption plans for AR technology roughly the same. Meanwhile, another one-third of manufacturers have no plans in place to adopt the technologies. Of course, adoption could run the gamut—from experiments or trialing the technology, to more ubiquitous or more widespread use among workers for whom it makes sense.
Clearly, users of VR and AR technology have been using “legacy” devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets for some time and may well continue to do so, as new technology comes on line, such as less expensive and more advanced wearable technology including smart glasses, smart watches and headsets equipped with wider and more “realistic” sensory experiences.