Upskill, formerly known as APX Labs is an AR startup that many people do not know about. Upskill provides wearable technology to connect hands-on workers from the factory to the warehouse to the jobsite.
Founded in 2010 by Brian Ballard, Jeff Jenkins and Chris Hoyt, this Virginia-based company creates Augmented Reality software for big companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Coca Cola, and GE.
For Coca Cola, Upskill software provides field service such as Coca Cola technicians using smart glasses to service their bottling plants.
“In the Coke scenario, a remote technician is helping debug an error on the bottling line. Think about a changeover process where a certain product line is ending its production run. For example, the line is making Sprite today and Coke Zero tomorrow,” Ballard, who’s also the CEO of Upskill, told PC Mag. “Every part of the changeover has to be done properly, but all of this is now digitized and in your field of view through the headset.”
In 2017, Upskill launched Skylight R6, the latest version of its industrial augmented reality software platform for smart glasses. This robust platform connects the industrial workforce with the people, processes, information, and equipment they need to do their jobs with greater efficiency and fewer errors, leaving them hands free to focus on their tasks at hand, and their tools.
The Skylight technology augments workers’ experiences with custom voice and gesture-driven apps, and provides HD audio and video feeds for a first-person view into everything from field service training to constructing jet engines.
GE is using Upskill’s AR technology in a number of different ways, using analogies like the precise turns of a torque wrench. Skylight collects and stores all the real-time data from the worker’s glasses, including time-stamped video and granular calibration data, to reduce manufacturing errors and increase productivity in the field.
“For organizations in the competitive global market looking to increase productivity, improve quality, reduce costs, train new workers, retain tribal knowledge, and provide a strong foundation for further investments, the future starts with Upskill.”
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