Synthetic Environments for Cooperative Product Design

Egon L. van den Broek, Frank Meijer, Jan 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 languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering
    Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, CDVE 2008 Calvià, Mallorca, Spain, September 21-25, 2008, Proceedings
    EditorsYuhua Luo
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-88011-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-88010-3
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2008
    Event5th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering, CDVE 2008 - Calvià, Mallorca, Spain
    Duration: 21 Sept 200825 Sept 2008

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference5th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering, CDVE 2008
    Other21-25 September 2008


    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • Frameworks
    • Architecture
    • Case studies of cooperative engineering in mechanical engineering
    • Industrial scenarios
    • Tools and systems for cooperative engineering
    • Reference models
    • 2024 OA procedure


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