What is spatial computing?

Spatial computing is the digitization of activities of machines, people, objects, and the environments in which they take place to enable and optimize actions and interactions. This technology has the potential to digitally transform how industrial enterprises optimize operations for frontline workers in their factories, worksites, and warehouses.

What can spatial computing do?

As an emerging technology, the possibilities are limitless for industrial use cases for spatial computing to drive value across products, people, places, and processes. Below are a few applications of spatial technologies PTC envisions within the industrial workplace.

Enable seamless interactions

seamless interactions

With augmented reality as an interface, spatial computing enables more seamless interactions between people, products, processes, and physical spaces.

Close the loop on performance management

Close the loop on
performance management

Optimize the complex workings within an environment by gaining a complete picture of movements within a space in real-time, or over a period of time.

Improve machines spatial understanding

Improve machines’
spatial understanding

With spatial technology, machines and automation have a greater awareness of their dynamic environment.

Optimize design and operations

Optimize design and

Understand how a physical space is being used to improve utilization, efficiency, and safety.

Spatial computing industrial applications

Spatial analytics for workforce performance measurement

See how spatial computing technology can be used to improve workforce performance. First, an entire process within a physical space is digitized. Then spatial analytics analyzes movement patterns and time spent on steps to continuously and dynamically optimize the process.

Simple-to-use programming for robotic arm

Explore how human interactions can be optimized and assisted with spatial capabilities. In this video, spatial technology assists a worker in programming an robotic arm, delivered through an augmented reality user interface.


Spatial computing in the factory

Spatial technology enables industrial companies to:

  • Discover - Digitize the activity of people, machines, objects, and their environment to identify meaningful interactions/relationships
  • Interact - Enable seamless analog and digital interactions between people, machines, objects, and their environment.
  • Optimize - Apply analytics to continuously and dynamically optimize the processes of and between people, machines, objects, and their environments.