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Using Augmented Reality and Internet of Things for Control and Monitoring of Mechatronic Devices

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Faculty of Informatics, Pan-European University, 851 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 812 19 Bratislava, Slovakia
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Electronics 2020, 9(8), 1272; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081272
Received: 19 July 2020 / Revised: 4 August 2020 / Accepted: 6 August 2020 / Published: 7 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Computer Interaction for Intelligent Systems)
At present, computer networks are no longer used to connect just personal computers. Smaller devices can connect to them even at the level of individual sensors and actuators. This trend is due to the development of modern microcontrollers and singleboard computers which can be easily connected to the global Internet. The result is a new paradigm—the Internet of Things (IoT) as an integral part of the Industry 4.0; without it, the vision of the fourth industrial revolution would not be possible. In the field of digital factories it is a natural successor of the machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Presently, mechatronic systems in IoT networks are controlled and monitored via industrial HMI (human-machine interface) panels, console, web or mobile applications. Using these conventional control and monitoring methods of mechatronic systems within IoT networks, this method may be fully satisfactory for smaller rooms. Since the list of devices fits on one screen, we can monitor the status and control these devices almost immediately. However, in the case of several rooms or buildings, which is the case of digital factories, ordinary ways of interacting with mechatronic systems become cumbersome. In such case, there is the possibility to apply advanced digital technologies such as extended (computer-generated) reality. Using these technologies, digital (computer-generated) objects can be inserted into the real world. The aim of this article is to describe design and implementation of a new method for control and monitoring of mechatronic systems connected to the IoT network using a selected segment of extended reality to create an innovative form of HMI. View Full-Text
Keywords: mechatronic devices; Internet of Things; cyber-physical systems; system control; augmented reality; mixed reality; Azure cloud mechatronic devices; Internet of Things; cyber-physical systems; system control; augmented reality; mixed reality; Azure cloud
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Stark, E.; Kučera, E.; Haffner, O.; Drahoš, P.; Leskovský, R. Using Augmented Reality and Internet of Things for Control and Monitoring of Mechatronic Devices. Electronics 2020, 9, 1272. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081272

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Stark E, Kučera E, Haffner O, Drahoš P, Leskovský R. Using Augmented Reality and Internet of Things for Control and Monitoring of Mechatronic Devices. Electronics. 2020; 9(8):1272. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081272

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Stark, Erich, Erik Kučera, Oto Haffner, Peter Drahoš, and Roman Leskovský. 2020. "Using Augmented Reality and Internet of Things for Control and Monitoring of Mechatronic Devices" Electronics 9, no. 8: 1272. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9081272

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