Better Work, Better Lives: The DAQRI Vision of the Future

When you think about the word “work,” you probably think about tasks. Your to-do list. What’s complete and what’s left to do.

You think about physical labor, repetition, and tedium.

Work is something you’re told to do. It’s something most able-bodied humans are expected to do. And according to Psychology Today, it’s something the average person spends 90,000 hours doing in their lifetime.

But what if work didn’t have to be that way? What if it could be about purpose, fulfillment, and the satisfaction of creative problem solving?

At DAQRI, we think it can.

Working Smarter

The future of work won’t be one in which workers are so connected to technology that they are disconnected from their environment. And it certainly won’t be about making monotonous tasks less monotonous by adding a layer of really cool technology on top.

We envision a world in which there are 7 billion artists and scientists working to solve the world’s problems. It’s a future where no one is held back due to lack of access to knowledge or training. A future where work becomes empowering because technology has given us the absolute best chance to succeed.

We believe in the power and the promise of such a future, and we’re building the technology to make it possible.

With AR tools like DAQRI Smart Helmet™, for example, every day at work can be a chance to learn, gain new skills, and use your unique intellectual abilities to create new solutions to tough problems.

The Smart Helmet allows workers to connect to their environment through a visual interface that shares information about the world around them. Equipped with a sophisticated sensor package and powered by DAQRI Intellitrack™ computer vision and navigation technology, it visually delivers contextually relevant data directly to the user.

We’re not augmenting reality. We’re augmenting people.

AR on the Job

The DAQRI 4D operating system is specifically designed for wearable computing, and the helmet’s design keeps the user seamlessly connected to their environment — not isolated from it.

That environmental immersion is key, especially when considering a typical workplace management structure, where executives tend to make all key decisions and employees work to implement them.

Unfortunately, this means that most of the workforce has no knowledge of the larger business picture, even though they’re constantly making decisions that affect it.

So, why not give workers as much information and context as possible? Why not help them make an informed choice they feel good about?

Whether you work in airplane maintenance, industrial manufacturing, or healthcare and research, the better you understand the problem you’re tasked with solving, the more likely it is you’ll solve it. Better yet, you’ll feel more invested in the process and more motivated to succeed.

We think augmented reality can help make that happen — and we’re not the only ones who think so.

In fact, Aviation giant Boeing found that when using augmented reality technology, its workers took less time and committed far fewer errors while completing a given task. Research company SRI saw a nearly 50% increase in efficiency.

While working with DAQRI Smart Helmet technology, KSP Steel experienced a 40% increase in worker productivity and a 50% reduction in costly factory downtime.

The New Multitasker

And regardless of a worker’s specialty, the Smart Helmet allows them to seamlessly take on new roles. Thanks to data visualization, screen-share capabilities, and 4D work instructions, DAQRI technology makes remote work more connected than ever before.

But our tools aren’t just about increased productivity, they’re also about increased safety.

Certain features on the Smart Helmet — like Thermal Vision, which allows a user to see heat signatures — can help keep workers safe. Intellitrack can help guide a worker through real space without relying on fickle GPS signals, while computer-enhanced senses pick up data the human body isn’t built to detect.

We believe that taken together, these benefits can amount to more focused, more purpose-driven work (and work that’s probably more interesting as well).

But let’s be clear: DAQRI technology is not here to do your job for you. Rather, it’s designed to help you do what humans are made to do: assess a situation based on available information and develop a creative solution.

We call it cognitive literacy. Getting people to understand or intuit things more broadly and in context.

In the end, it changes what’s possible. When humans and computers work together, we are capable of so much more. We don’t just envision a world in which there are 7 billion artists and scientists working to solve the world’s problems, we’re actively working towards it.