Interactive immersive engineering system for distant collaboration

Marius Fechter*, Roy Gerhardus Johannes Damgrave, Sandro Wartzack

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    Complex products consisting of various components are designed in collaboration of multidisciplinary engineering teams with different expertise. Expert groups involved in the development process are possibly based at geographically distributed locations. The purpose of this contribution therefore is the development of a framework, enhancing the quality of communication and facilitating the exchange of information and expertise in engineering projects over distance. This framework provides the capability to visualise a product model and the avatars of distant people in one shared immersive virtual environment. Furthermore the integration of product information exceeding the pure geometry and features for direct modification of the visualised product are achieved through the connection to CAD software. The intuitive interaction interface utilises hand gestures based on normal physical interaction with real objects. Being able to see both the 3D model and the other participant in one shared virtual environment creates a natural communication and interaction process, without being distracted by new communication or interaction methods forced by the technology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design 2015
    EditorsC. Weber, S. Husung, M. Cantamessa, G. Cascini, D. Marjanovic, Serena Graziosi
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015 : DESIGN FOR LIFE - Politecnico Milano, Milan, Italy
    Duration: 27 Jul 201530 Jul 2015
    Conference number: 20

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
    NumberDS 80-06
    ISSN (Print)2220-4334


    Conference20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015


    • Collaborative design
    • Communication
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Virtual reality


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