Mixed Reality: New Canvas for Designers

Where Will Your Next Car be Designed?

Virtual Space meets Real WorldParis? Los Angles? Tokyo? Disk 0?

Blending digital images with a real-world view is the objective of a new system from Canon. The “mixed reality” system is intended to give designers the ability to easily produce virtual mockups, create online walk-throughs and shorten lead times.Mixed reality view of car designers at work.Users wear head gear that contain two small cameras that provide video of the “real world.” A connected computer then blends the video signal with digital images. Sensors measure position and movement of the user so the blended images overlay correctly.

The end result is a virtual space allowing industrial designers to adapt product specs, change manufacturing processes or even modify a factory floorplan earlier in the design process.

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