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Interactive augmented reality system for product design review
Author(s): Giandomenico Caruso; Guido Maria Re
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Paper Abstract

The product development process, of industrial products, includes a phase dedicated to the design review that is a crucial phase where various experts cooperate in selecting the optimal product shape. Although computer graphics allows us to create very realistic virtual representations of the products, it is not uncommon that designers decide to build physical mock-ups of their newly conceived products because they need to physically interact with the prototype and also to evaluate the product within a plurality of real contexts. This paper describes the hardware and software development of our Augmented Reality design review system that allows to overcome some issues related to the 3D visualization and to the interaction with the virtual objects. Our system is composed by a Video See Through Head Mounted Display, which allows to improve the 3D visualization by controlling the convergence of the video cameras automatically, and a wireless control system, which allows us to create some metaphors to interact with the virtual objects. During the development of the system, in order to define and tune the algorithms, we have performed some testing sessions. Then, we have performed further tests in order to verify the effectiveness of the system and to collect additional data and comments about usability and ergonomic aspects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7525, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2010, 75250H (27 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840261
Show Author Affiliations
Giandomenico Caruso, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Guido Maria Re, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7525:
The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2010
Ian E. McDowall; Margaret Dolinsky, Editor(s)

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