The virtual awning on a real house – this can of course be extended to buildings that do not yet exist. Especially when it comes to making very large or complex objects experienceable, VR makes a valuable contribution.
VR is also a very good thing for long distance relationships. Imagine you live in Europe and your girlfriend lives thousand miles away in the Caribbean. With VR and teledildonics you will have guaranteed more fun!
For example, Steinmüller Babcock, a specialist for project planning, planning and construction of waste treatment and incineration plants, has worked with Inneo to develop a VR experience in which you can experience the interior of a waste incineration plant and the processes involved.
Dr. Kerstin Matthies from Marketing, who drove the VR project forward, explains: “When selling a waste-to-energy plant, you often have to overcome fears, especially among technically inexperienced participants such as local councils or residents. Since it is impossible to see into the plant during operation, such a VR scenario is the optimal medium for such communication cases”.
With the help of VR, anyone can gain a realistic insight into the processes in the waste incineration plant. It would also be conceivable to import the model of the plant into a digital terrain model and, with the help of VR, to assess the effect of the building – which has not yet been built – from every perspective, far and wide.
Augmented Reality links real and virtual world
Very interesting is also the combination of real and virtual world, as offered by Augmented Reality. For example, Inneo offers a software suite from the US software manufacturer PTC called Vuforia, which can be used, among other things, to create virtual repair guides. In this case, a sticker with a code is stuck to the object to be repaired or maintained, which enables a semi-transparent data goggle to synchronize virtual and real view. Then instructions for action, arrows, visualizations can be “projected” directly onto the real product. For example, the maintenance technician is shown where an air filter to be replaced is located, how to unscrew it and how to insert the new cartridge.
AR provides a clear view of data, relationships and processes
Likewise, data can be displayed in the user’s field of vision – not anywhere, but exactly at a desired point in the real world. Large plants, such as a chemical plant, are one area of application. There, the displays of sensors are usually only visible in the control center. With the aid of AR glasses, the measured values appear directly next to the real sensor when the user walks through the plant. Pipelines are labeled virtually or colored depending on their function, the interior of boilers is displayed.
It is precisely this combination of real environment and digital data that has great potential to change our working world. Tablets and other mobile devices already enable data to be retrieved from any location, for example at the customer’s site or on a machine.
AR now gives this data a place and provides a much simpler, better and quicker to understand view of data, connections and processes.
Key-VR transforms models into interactive VR experiences
Many special interactive elements have been integrated into Steinmüller Babcock’s VR experience, such as controlling the large refuse crane and playing through a combustion start. Such complex scenarios are individually programmed by the Inneo specialists. If it is only a matter of presenting a product in virtual space, the Ellwangen-based system house offers Key-VR, a software solution with which 3D scenarios from the Keyshot visualization program can be converted into interactive VR experiences – without programming or in-depth knowledge.
Thus, Inneo covers the entire spectrum from the implementation of VR software at the customer to AR solutions and the programming of high-end VR experiences.