Why Manufacturing Needs Augmentation
The history of manufacturing has been marked by automation, where machines replicate human labor on a massive scale. However, automation alone does not represent the full potential for progress. Augmentation, the use of technology to enhance how workers do their jobs, has emerged as a complementary approach to automation. By integrating assistive technologies seamlessly into the work environment, augmentation empowers workers to be more efficient, safe, and precise. As we embrace Industry 4.0 and witness the rise of new digital technologies, it becomes clear that the future of manufacturing lies in augmentation.
This approach has the potential to act as a platform for future machines to learn the intricacies and nuances of human work and judgement.
As Paul Graham puts it, “Live in the future, then build what’s missing.”
In this blog post, we will explore the concept of worker augmentation in the context of manufacturing and combine its potential with the capabilities of tactile and smart sensing platforms that we have built!