What is it about?

When creating XR software for Industry 4.0, it's crucial to think about combining visual displays, hardware parts, and different ways of interacting that work well together. Using different ways of interacting in industrial settings has been seen as a big help in improving how people do tasks and make decisions. This review gives a detailed look at the latest progress in industrial XR, answering questions like: What are the differences and similarities between XR technologies like AR, MR, AV, and VR in Industry 4.0? What kinds of screens and devices are needed for XR in Industry 4.0? How does interacting in XR connect to Industry 4.0? How have modern XR changes tackled Industry 4.0? How can XR in Industry 4.0 improve to solve more problems? This review highlights examples showing how XR can change how people interact with the real world in Industry 4.0, leading to increased productivity, cost savings, and better safety.

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Why is it important?

Extended Reality (XR) is important when developing immersive solutions for Industry 4.0 because it allows for the integration of visual displays, hardware components, and multimodal interaction techniques that enhance humans' ability to perform tasks and make informed decisions. The review on XR technologies in Industry 4.0 addresses several research questions, including the differences between XR technologies like augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), Augmented Virtuality (AV), and virtual reality (VR) in an industrial context, the visual displays and hardware devices required for XR in Industry 4.0, the significance of multimodal interaction in XR for Industry 4.0, how modern adaptations of XR technologies align with Industry 4.0 principles, and how XR technologies can further develop to be more inclusive of solutions. The review demonstrates how XR has the potential to transform human interactions with the physical world in Industry 4.0, leading to increased productivity, cost reduction, and improved safety.


This research is a product of 10 years experience with XR technology. It took two years to see the light and I am very proud of it. I hope it can help anybody who new to this technology because I believe it is the future.

A'aeshah Alhakamy
University of Tabuk

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This page is a summary of: Extended Reality (XR) Toward Building Immersive Solutions: The Key to Unlocking Industry 4.0, ACM Computing Surveys, April 2024, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
DOI: 10.1145/3652595.
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