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Virtual reality (VR) has been causing much concern in various industrial fields, and its applications are widening rapidly. This paper discusses the application of virtual reality in the field of instrument development, and the basic idea is to develop instruments in a virtual development environment generated by computer, with appropriate supports of computer hardware and software, and some essential VR peripherals. The users and developers can preview and interact with the instrument under design, thus making the design more sound an acceptable to both parties. The basic idea, principle and flowchart of the instrument development system is discussed, and a prototype example is given to show the initial effect of the approach when used in a virtual vehicle simulation system. The application of VR in instrument development can greatly enhance the efficiency and flexibility of the instrument development systems. The conclusion is that VR can play a very active and important role in the field of instrument development.
Date of Conference: Aug. 16 2007-July 18 2007