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The virtual factory: Exploring 3D worlds as industrial collaboration and control environments

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8 Author(s)
Back, M. ; FX Palo Alto Lab., CA, USA ; Childs, T. ; Dunnigan, A. ; Foote, J.
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This project investigates practical uses of virtual, mobile, and mixed reality systems in industrial settings, in particular control and collaboration applications for factories. In collaboration with TCHO, a chocolate maker start-up in San Francisco, we have built virtual mirror-world representations of a real-world chocolate factory and are importing its data and modeling its processes. The system integrates mobile devices such as cell phones and tablet computers. The resulting "virtual factory" is a cross-reality environment designed for simulation, visualization, and collaboration, using a set of interlinked, real-time 3D and 2D layers of information about the factory and its processes.

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Virtual Reality Conference (VR), 2010 IEEE

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20-24 March 2010