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Virtual Reality Software Gives Engineers Inside View

Software allows designers to do more computer modeling and fewer physical prototypes.

by on Aug.19, 2010

Users of IC.IDO's virtual reality software wear strange glasses with antennae so the system can position them in the computer environment.

It’s users look like they were picked to be some weird bug in the school play.

But the antennae on the strange glasses actually allow the user of IC.IDO’s virtual reality program called Virtual Decision Platform to see the vehicle’s system in 3D.

During a demonstration, the German company’s Gary Brincat explained how the user can wear the special glasses and see an engine, for example, as if they were looking at the real thing. Step to the left side of the screen and you can see the front side of the motor. Step to the back and the view changes, first to the side, then the back of the engine. Kneel down and you can see the underside.

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Brincat, vice president of U.S. operations for IC.IDO – say “I see, I do,” said automakers are using the system to see what their designs will look like before they are built. But they also can use the system for training for the assembly line to show the method for installing a part. Conversely, it can be used to determine the difficulty of removing a part, such as an air conditioning compressor, when repairs are needed.
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