Spatial Augmented Reality the Ultimate Design Tool, Bruce H. Thomas
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We at the Wearable Computer Lab in the University of South Australia are investigating the use of Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) in the process of interactive rapid prototyping for industrial design. This talk presents our concepts and current results for employing SAR to aid designers in the development of prototypes, and in particular the ability to quickly add interactive behaviour. Current industrial design processes are widely employed to optimize product development in automotive, home appliances, aerospace, and other industries. A strong benefit of this modern approach is the iterative aspect of the engineering, design, and construction phases. Characteristics such as aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability are addressed through numerous iterations to improve a product?s design. We are collaborating with designers from our University on the use of SAR in the design process. We are interested in developing tools to aid in iterative aspects of the physical design, whilst providing interactive functionality early in the detail design process. This talk presents a number of current projects investigating this concept.