Synthetic Environments for Cooperative Product Design

Luo Y. (Editor), Egon van den Broek, F. Meijer, J. Miedema, Huaxin Wang, Mascha C. van der Voort, Joris S.M. Vergeest

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    Synthetic Environments (SE) facilitate an easy setup of various virtual realities since they are component-based and relatively easy maintainable. Through three stages, involving various types of stakeholders, the feasibility of SEs for cooperative product design (CPD) was explored: 1) Semi-structured group interviews with 19 engineers and designers assessed SE’s potential for CPD; 2) Implementation of a SE; 3) Comparison of a SE with its real counterpart, through: a) an experimental task and b) questionnaires to determine the task performance, the mental workload, the experienced spatial presence, involvement, and realness. 16 participants had a similar task performance, mental workload, and involvement but differed in experienced realism (F(1,30)=5.11, p=.03) and spatial presence (F(1,30)=7.02, p=.01). This research emphasizes the benefit of SE for CPD, which can increase the communication, speed and quality of CPD. Hence, a first step is made towards a new era of CPD.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2008


    • EWI-20955
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • IR-78924
    • Frameworks
    • architectures
    • case studies of cooperative engineering: in mechanical engineering
    • industrial scenarios
    • tools and systems for cooperative engineering
    • reference models

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    Y., L. (Ed.), van den Broek, E., Meijer, F., Miedema, J., Wang, H., van der Voort, M. C., & Vergeest, J. S. M. (2008). Synthetic Environments for Cooperative Product Design. 1-10.