Flawless. That's what we all expect to see when we look at a new BMW. However, the vehicles undergo rigorous inspection before they get to us to make sure the standard of perfection is upheld. A plant in Landshut, Germany is expediting that process through the use of automated gesture detection.
Employees are now able to use technology similar to that found in an Xbox Kinect or Wii gaming system. Two 3D cameras, infrared light, and sensors detect motion: a clean swipe across the bumper indicates a flawless bumper while a pointed finger highlights a fault in the bumper and stores data at that point.
The advanced technology allows workers to inspect bumpers in a more precise manner, while saving time they previously spent walking to a separate workstation to record data.
“[T]he workers have responded very positively to the new technology. The gesture interaction is simple and easy to understand and can be applied intuitively, without requiring extra training time. People do not have to walk to other workstations anymore and can concentrate better on their work,” said BMW Group project coordinator Ramona Tremmel.
Now that the testing phase of the gesture detection system has been completed with success, BMW plans to implement the system in the production of the vehicles we all know and love.
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