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Our Vuforia Live event has been a fantastic opportunity to share customer success stories, discuss the business strategies driving augmented reality (AR) adoption, and dive deep into the current state of PTC’s AR offerings. And AR is proving to be both valuable and timely, as the country finds itself in a massive labor crunch.

Addressing the industrial skills gap has long been a driver for adopting industrial AR. More and more expert employees are retiring from the workforce, and US companies are struggling to replace them. And though the skills gap has long been smoldering, the global pandemic has poured gasoline on the fire. Travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines have severely limited when, where, and how many employees can operate in any given workplace. And the highly skilled operators and technicians that companies depend upon have also been the group most at risk for complications from COVID-19.