Augmented Reality Will Become An Essential Part Of Business According To BCS

Delegates at the Digital Leaders’ Summit hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, are looking at the challenges and opportunities they will face with the next wave of computing which includes augmented reality.

Augmented reality and the use of smart glasses is set to become an essential tool for many businesses in the near future, with potentially thousands of different uses according to the third BCS whitepaper - Augmented Reality, published today in the 'Riding the Next Wave’ series.

Chris Yapp, a technologist, futurologist, and member of the Institute who contributed to the whitepapers explains: “In the very near future, we will see augmented reality proving to be extremely useful for organisations, providing essential data and visualisations quickly and succinctly, allowing employees to react in real-time. We envisage mobile workers as the most likely to adopt the technology first, using wearable tech to display more information within their natural sightline.”

According to Juniper Research, the number of augmented reality users around the world will rise from 60 million in 2013 to nearly 200 million in 2018. Because of this, there will be an increased demand for skilled workers in this area.

Adam Thilthorpe, Director of Professionalism at the Institute discusses the skills implications for CIOs and their teams saying: “There will be a natural progression for those working in app development for tablets and smartphones to move into creating similar products for wearable tech. However, with the rise in the number of augmented reality users and the continued sales growth of smart devices in the next few years, it is important that there is a marked increase in app developers too, in order to meet the niche demands of different organisations and individuals.”

The whitepaper; Riding the next wave - Augmented reality, can be downloaded at:

1. Mobile Augmented Reality: Smartphones, Tablets and Smart Glasses, 2013-18 - Juniper Research, November 2013