Is augmented reality the future of technical “documentation”?

This is cool. Researchers at Columbia University have developed an augmented reality device that can provide live, hands-on guidance for maintenance and repair tasks on military or other equipment. The ARMAR system combines sensors and a head-mounted display to guide technicians through repair and maintenance procedures while they perform the procedure. This eliminates the need to flip back and forth between a manual and the task at hand.

But here’s an idea: What if instead of leafing through pages or scrolling through an online manual, you could simply see your way through a task? Just slide on a headset and work your way through a bit of customized, augmented-reality education.

Check out the full article at O’Reilly Radar.