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Capabilities of Current Generation Virtual Reality to Enhance the Design Process

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Joshua Q. Coburn

Department of Mechanical Engineering Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, 84602
jqcoburn@byu.edu

Ian Freeman

Department of Mechanical Engineering Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, 84602
ifreeman@byu.edu

John Salmon

Department of Mechanical Engineering Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, 84602
johnsalmon@byu.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036921 History: Received July 22, 2016; Revised May 16, 2017

Abstract

In the past few years there have been some significant advances in consumer Virtual Reality (VR) devices. Devices such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Leap Motion Controller, and Microsoft Kinect are bringing immersive VR experiences into the homes of consumers with much lower cost and space requirements than previous generations of VR hardware. These new devices are also lowering the barrier to entry for VR engineering applications. Past research has suggested that there are significant opportunities for using VR during design tasks to improve results and reduce development time. This work reviews the latest generation of VR hardware and highlights past research projects studying VR in the design process. Additionally, this work suggests new use-cases that were prohibitively resource intensive to explore with previously available hardware. We conclude that these new devices have the potential to significantly improve portions of the design process.

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