Augmented Reality Market is expected to grow at a significant rate, owing to increasing adoption across the retail and e-commerce sectors

Augmented Reality Market is expected to grow at a significant rate, owing to the growing penetration in industrial applications. Industries such as retail, automotive and medical are leveraging the potential of the technology to enhance operational efficiency. The technology helps to cut major costs such as additional manpower. Several organizations including research and development labs are investing immensely in the technology to develop solutions for enterprise and consumer segments. Mobile augmented reality market has witnessed high adoption over the years across applications including gaming, media and marketing.

Augmented Reality Market is estimated to surpass USD 50 billion by 2024. Rising applications of the technology in retail and e-commerce are expected to drive the augmented reality market growth. According to Retail Perceptions, about 61 percent of the shoppers prefer to shop at the outlets that offer AR experiences and about 40 percent are willing to pay more if they could experience the product using the technology. Retailers are increasingly investing in implementing the technology in their stores to attract customers and enhance their experience, thus fueling the augmented reality market growth.

Rapid adoption of the technology in aerospace & defense is expected to drive the augmented reality market growth. Companies are investing in leveraging the technology to improve manufacturing processes, reduce costs, and save time. For instance, Boeing is using Google Glass to construct aircraft wire harnesses. The technology helps technicians in building hugely chaotic and complex wire webs to connect electrical systems in the aircraft.

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AR is a highly niche technology and the vendors are filing patents for all their new advancements. This is restricting the knowledge transfer among industry participants, restraining the augmented reality market growth. Furthermore, the technology is expensive to implement and thus remains inaccessible for small and medium businesses. The high capital that is required to procure devices to implement the technology reduces its adoption.

The hardware segment of the augmented reality market is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast time span. Common applications, such as gaming and retail, use AR applications on tablets and smartphones, not requiring a dedicated hardware device such as HMDs or smart glasses. However, enterprise uses of the technology such as designing, manufacturing, and quality check in aerospace & defense, industrial, automotive, and medical are increasingly investing in hardware such as HMDs and smart glasses.

Smart glasses are expected to grow at a fast rate owing to increasing applications in retail, gaming & entertainment, aerospace & defense, and industrial applications, propelling the augmented reality market growth. Companies are developing differentiated devices, such as voice-enabled smart glasses, to gain a competitive advantage. For instance, Vuzix is developing smart glasses with Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Amazon has developed a licensing program to allow third parties to implement Alexa in their products. This is expected to propel the augmented reality market growth.

Germany augmented reality market is expected to grow at a fast pace over the forecast time span owing to increasing applications of the technology in the automobile industry. In the race to develop driverless cars, manufacturers, such as Audi and BMW, are implementing the technology in automobiles to increase the level of self-driving capabilities. The manufacturers are also implementing the technology in manufacturing processes to improve the operational effectiveness.