AFRL researchers demonstrate the use of augmented reality for nondestructive inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo/David Dixon)

The Air Force Research Laboratory is using augmented reality to simplify and expedite nondestructive inspection of aircraft. This approach eliminates the need to scan several displays and/or hard copies in parallel. In this way, inspectors can increase their focus on the process at hand.

Users of this inspection capability can navigate and customize the display with a set of simple verbal commands and hand gestures while following menu prompts visible in the augmented reality field of view. As the technology becomes more advanced, the team will seek to make the wearable device smaller and, in its most ideal form, integrate it into safety glasses.