Conference Paper

Spacedesign: a mixed reality workspace for aesthetic industrial design

DIMeG, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
DOI: 10.1109/ISMAR.2002.1115077 Conference: Mixed and Augmented Reality, 2002. ISMAR 2002. Proceedings. International Symposium on
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Spacedesign is an innovative mixed reality (MR) application addressed to aesthetic design of free form curves and surfaces. It is a unique and comprehensive approach which uses task-specific configurations to support the design workflow from concept to mock-up evaluation and review. The first-phase conceptual design benefits from a workbench-like 3-D display for free hand sketching, surfacing and engineering visualization. Semitransparent stereo glasses augment the pre-production physical prototype by additional shapes, textures and annotations. Both workspaces share a common interface and allow collaboration and cooperation between different experts, who can configure the system for the specific task. A faster design workflow and CAD data consistency can be thus naturally achieved. Tests and collaborations with designers, mainly from automotive industry, are providing systematic feedback for this ongoing research. As far as the authors are concerned, there is no known similar approach that integrates the creation and editing phase of 3D curves and surfaces in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Herein we see the major contribution of our new application.

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