Open Source Augmented Reality Applications for Small Manufacturing Businesses

  • Marina Kühn-KauffeldtEmail author
  • Jörg Böttcher
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This paper evaluates the possibility of implementation of a low cost augmented reality application for machine maintenance in small manufacturing businesses. Here, an open source cross platform software development kit ARToolkit was chosen, since it offers a real time marker based tracking function. As hardware, the smart glasses R7 (ODG) and a handheld device (Samsung Galaxy S3) were considered. The application was tested on a typical milling machine used in a small size tool manufacturing company. For this purpose, its maintenance procedure was extracted from a paper-based documentation and the information provided by the workers. The AR assisted procedure was implemented using markers and an intern data server providing instructions via Wi-Fi. A maintenance demonstration was successfully performed both with a smartphone and a smart glass in the laboratory and machine hall environments.


Augmented reality Manufacturing Small business Use case Open source 



This research was funded by the “Information and Communication Technology” program of Bavaria, Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Federal Armed Forces MunichNeubibergGermany
  2. 2.Faculty Electrical Engineering and Technical Information TechnologyUniversity of Federal Armed Forces MunichNeubibergGermany

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