Retrospect Round Table “Augmented Reality - gimmick or game changer?”

Tuesday July 2nd NAG and Holland Instrumentation hosted a Round Table with the theme “Augmented Reality - gimmick or game changer?”


In augmented reality, a digital layer is projected over the real world. Although practical in-situ applications in the aerospace industry are currently scarce, the potential this technology holds bodes well for the future. The Round Table provides an opportunity to explore pragmatic applications of Augmented Reality in the aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, as well as infrastructure arena. Experience AR yourselve and get inspired by speaking to the experts.



  • key-note speakers presentations:
    • Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht, Professor Educational Technologies, TU Delft, EWI. Director Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre of Education and Learning - “How should we design AR for humans?”
    • Gerben Harmsen, Founder of TWNKLS Augmented reality - “AR in the value chain”
  • Examples of applications of AR in Aerospace and Airport Development & Infrastructure
    • Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, Hogeschool InHolland Delft, Schiphol and TNO.
  • Pitches of suppliers and experts of AR applications
    • VR-Expert, Dutch VR, ArtiShock and TWNKLS.
  • Round Table
    • During the round table, the participants discuss AR and opportunities are explored.
  • Networking and opportunity to meet with AR suppliers / standholders giving demonstrations and with experience to share.

Go to the NAG website for the full retrospect and presentations


Summary of conclusions drawn
It became clear that AR can lead to a reduction of human error and to an improved learning curve in a manufacturing as well as service environment, especially when vision is combined with audio. Furthermore, experience shows that the successful introducton of AR not only hinges on management’s belief in its advantages (even when a clear business case is not apparent from the start) but also on early & active participation of the end-users.

In general, AR can contribute to all stakeholders “seeing the new world” through the same lens, thereby enhancing transparancy & objectivity leading to better quality decision making.




Deze bijeenkomst is mede mogelijk gemaakt door Holland High Tech in het kader van de MIT-regeling netwerkactiviteiten.


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