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Mixed Reality / Augmented Reality

Mixed Reality / Augmented Reality

Mixed Reality / Augmented Reality

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague about MR/AR and it's impending role in engineering/construction.

Based on this Youtube video, he claimed that within 5 years, we'd all be walking around job sites with MR goggles on all the time...while I personally think that's a bit fantastic, I can't dispute the fact that the potential is there (in my mind, it will be a sales tool first, most likely). As dependent as many industries are on 3D models now, I can see MR/AR being valuable once the technology matures.

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I will watch the video when I get home tonight.

One big problem with 3D models is that people, for whatever reason, find it too much work to complete them. As you move through your simulated 3d space, critical details will be missing.

I am a mechie on SolidWorks. I have worked on models with thousands of components. This puts a strain on your computer and your CAD network. I am trying to imagine how much detail is required for you to simulate a building.


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It's already started on one project in my company. Good for model reviews with the client at least

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Looks like a camera walk through on steroids. Interesting.

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Sounds plausible to me. A former employer of mine has had a large VR "cave" for years that they use for virtual design reviews and walkthroughs of both new products and manufacturing facilities before building new plants, lines, or products. Scaling that down to an interactive headset is the next logical step and not a terribly great one technologically.

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I got a demo of full immersive virtual reality at the GM Tech Center (in Warren, MI) some 20+ years ago. They used it for vehicle design studies, both interiors and exteriors. Now this was before the headsets but was rather done with projection screens and 3D glasses. While it might be considered crude by today's standard, at the time it was pretty impressive.

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It's been a long time coming. I've been waiting for decent VR goggles since the late 90s, when there a bunch of systems that came onto the market built upon microLED displays. They faded pretty quickly and it's not been until the large format smartphones came out that that VR was a solid possibility.

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How to make sure the customers will never take VR glasses off? smile

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It will definitely happen sooner than later. It had to be five or six years ago when someone with my former company had a tablet that was integrated with SmartPlant or something similar, where you could move the tablet around to walk the model real-time. They were already using it to support system walkdowns to verify piping/hanger/component locations.

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