It was not so long ago that Mixed Reality was only associated with games and entertainment. Nowadays, the spectrum of influence of this technology has shifted.
Which industries can MR be applied to? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to understand the essence of the technology itself. Simply put, MR allows users to interact with digital content that appears in the real world. This can be done with several users simultaneously, even if users are far apart from each other. By removing the logistical overhead and making communication easier, the answer to MR’s relevance in business becomes obvious - this technology has huge potential.
We developed a software suite called sphere. Within it, there are three modules, one of them called WORKSPACE, which is the one we will look into. This module is all about collaboration, as it offers the possibility to connect several Mixed Reality devices and enables several users to join the same experience where everything is synchronised in real-time.
This means that one user can share 3D-models, pictures, videos or documents, and all the other participants can not only see the shared content but also manipulate it. It also offers the possibility for people who are working remotely to go beyond tablets and integrate Mixed Reality devices too. Remote users can share in the whole immersive experience by being visualized as avatars in the primary Mixed Reality collaborative session.
Avoid errors during design and construction
WORKSPACE is very useful in architectural visualisation, both for projects that have already been built and ones to be built in the future. It can serve as a preview of the building from any point of view without having to build an actual miniature model which is often an expensive, laborious and time-consuming effort. MR visualisation helps to estimate the particularities of a project and to find out flaws that are not visible at a design stage.
Apart from the simple visualisation of assets, WORKSPACE also saves costs by using MR technology to superimpose the digital 3D models of the project on to the actual physical building site, also known as 1:1 overlay. This is used for progress inspections. Currently, these are checked by comparing with complex paper drawings or by utilising expensive laser scanning tools. Using our 1:1 overlay method in MR has proven to be very efficient in detecting errors and deviations at a much earlier stage, in order to repair them and save costs further down the line.
Automated Asset 3D Pipeline
Another crucial tool of our platform is the integrated 3D asset pipeline. We offer the capability to convert and import 3D content in a fully automated manner into Mixed Reality. This way, any user can upload 3D content. We support around 30 different file types, and then within minutes, you can make use of that content in Mixed Reality.
WORKSPACE module has other uses, which we would be happy to discuss with you.
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