Augmented reality is gravitating lot of attentions off late. With Apple planning to release a VR headset looks like VR industry is all set to take off. But I believe technology advancements in augmented reality will underpin the developments of yet another useful domain of technology, the Supernumerary Robotics!
The Supernumerary Robotic is a wearable robot which provides a human user with two additional robotic arms or limbs.
Augmented robotics is under research for some time already primarily in the accessibility space for use cases like AI assisted limbs legs and even artificial eye. But there are few interesting research and development in uses cases like adding a third leg or a limb to aid on performing human intensive tasks bit more efficiently.
"Roboticists" in Canada, from the Université de Sherbrooke, in Quebec, have been developing supernumerary robotic limbs that are designed to explore what humans can do with three arms, or even three legs. Researchers from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada are finally giving us what we want, in the form of a waist-mounted remote controlled hydraulic arm that can help you with all kinds of tasks while also being able, should you feel the need, to smash through walls.
Source: IEEE Spectrum
Another interesting development is from Hello Robot. They are working on commercialising programable multi purpose robots. This robotic arm is equipped with sensors and programmable interface which makes it possible to use the same robot for multiple applications.
One next possible evolution could be to make this programable robotic arm portable and back it up with augmented reality technologies like edge detection, distance estimation, shape identification, etc. When you apply AI on this toolset what you get is a true 'Digital Personal Assistant'. This 'Digital Personal Assistant' literally would give an additional hand to an industrial worker to service a machine more efficiently or could give you an extra pair of hands to do daily chores like vessel washing, cleaning effortlessly. The potential use cases are immense and are limited only by our imaginations. It could kick start the next evolution of technology advancement like what iPhone did in 2007.