Augmented reality's business applications are evolving and coming to a hand-held device, smart glasses, goggles or a headset near you, according to Wiley's Brett Wiskar whowill be at LIVE.

The technology can provide an extra layer between facility staff and the real world, and provide contextual information to improve decisions, according to Wiskar, Wiley's director of commercial technology, who will sharing more on this at our Future Unpacked – Industry Game Changers event on August 22 in Sydney.

Wiley designs food plants, and by association, jobs – which operations are best for people and which are best for machines – according to Wiskar.

According to the CEDA report on the future of Australia's workforce which was released in 2015, it's likely that 40 per cent of Australia’s workforce - more than five million people - could be replaced by automation within the next 10 to 20 years.

“Augmented reality will help create new roles for people by layering information from The Internet of things (IoT), sensors, ERP systems or externally-based experts in front of them, something we couldn't do in the past,” Wiskar says.

Wiskar will share examples of the sorts of information layers that will improve decison making, provide examples of early movers in the space, and run through the evolving technology options.

Augmented reality will have big implications for future workers in the face of rising automation and robotics, according to Wiskar.

“Augmented reality will help people more aggressively compete against machines going forward,” he says.

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Packaging News

In the first year of PKN’s Women in Packaging Awards programme, industry has stepped up with meaning. The response has been phenomenal, and the judges had their work cut out for them selecting the finalists from a competitive field of high-calibre nominees.

At The Hive Awards in Sydney today, the Best Packaging category was won by Don Smallgoods, part of George Weston Foods, for its resealable flow wrap pack for sandwich fillers and other smallgoods. This innovative packaging is a departure from the conventional thermoformed packs and addresses consumer demands for better functionality, sustainability, and product visibility.

Applications for the 2024 APCO Annual Awards are now open, and are open to all of industry to apply.