Digital Twin is a technology that is currently revolutionizing the industrial sector, since it consists of simulating the behavior of real processes or objects, but transferred to virtual replicas. This allows to analyze and improve the efficiency of these processes.
Generally, companies use Real Time 3D technology to create realistic digital representations of their models, combined with information from databases.
These representations are often referred to as “Digital Twins”, as these 3D representations are interactive and look and behave like physical reality. They can also be implemented in mobile devices, computers, augmented/mixed reality (AR/MR) and virtual reality (VR) equipment.
Digital Twin in Industry 4.0
According to studies carried out by experts, the Digital Twin appears as a necessary element in the future of the industry, since this technology will change manufacturing processes, offering new ways to reduce costs, achieve better maintenance, in less time and will allow to create connected products.
This technology allows companies to do what they want in a virtual environment and know what will happen when it is time to put it into practice in physical reality.
That is why the Digital Twin is already taken into account by companies when planning strategies dedicated to innovation and product design within Industry 4.0.
Internet of Things
Applied to the Internet of Things (IoT), digital twins are linked to real-world objects.
In the short term, they will offer help with asset management. And in the medium term, they will serve to analyze operational efficiency, how products are used and how they can be improved.
Leading companies plan to turn their industrial plants into data factories with their digital twin. At the moment, they claim that they are already able to create most products in the virtual world.
The next step is for that information to be transferred in real time to production facilities. There, people, assisted by semi-autonomous robots, will translate this data into physical objects. In other words, the process will be reversed. These are called cyber-physical production plants. They will function as a self-organized, artificial intelligence-based Internet of Things.
We must not lose sight of the fact that a digital twin continuously learns. Something that is possible because it integrates artificial intelligence technologies, machine learning and data analysis software. And not only that, it also adds historical data from the machine’s past use to improve its digital model.
Digitals Twins Reloaded
Outside of the Internet of Things, there is also potential to link digital twins to entities that are not simply ‘things’. Digital representations of many aspects of our world will be dynamically connected to their real counterparts.
Their proliferation will require a cultural shift. Those involved in management and maintenance will need to collaborate with Data Scientists and IT Professionals.
Digital twins of physical assets will not only be combined with digital representations of facilities and environments. They will also be linked to people, companies and processes, enabling a more detailed digital representation of the real world. Digital twins expand to more applications, use cases and sectors. They will be combined with more technologies, which will allow us to look inside the digital twin eliminating the need to check the status of the real twin.
Sectors of all types will benefit from this. Among them will be healthcare professionals, industrial planners or digital marketing specialists.
Real Time 3D, is a technology that has revolutionized the world of video games, and currently provides new tools to many industries.
Real Time 3D (RT3D) is a computer graphics technology, which is capable of generating interactive content faster than human perception.
The core of Real Time 3D is interactivity, meaning that this technology immerses people in an authentic digital reality, giving them control over their experience.
Two types of fundamental RT3D experiences can be distinguished:
– Immersive: because the digital representation of reality resembles the authenticity of our experience in reality.
– Interactive: because users have total and precise control over their experience.
Now, how is this technology used?
This technology can transform the life cycle of each product and provide the possibility of achieving new ways of designing, manufacturing, and marketing products.
Many leading companies are already implementing and creating realistic 3D representations of their products in AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), MR (Mixed Reality) and other platforms to drive business impact.
Companies in aerospace, automotive, energy, healthcare, government, manufacturing, transportation, retail, industrial machinery, among others.
Leveraging RT3D technology can depend on the different needs of each company, as there are unlimited ways to successfully implement RT3D.
Generally, companies use RT3D technology to create realistic and accurate digital representations of their models, combined with information from databases.
These representations are often referred to as “Digital Twins”, as these 3D representations are interactive and look and behave like physical reality. They can also be implemented on mobile devices, computers, augmented reality (AR) equipment, virtual reality (VR), among other platforms.
RT3D and its business impact
In a complicated context such as the one brought about by the 2020 pandemic, the difficulties for manufacturing companies to drive profitable growth are aggravated. However, companies that choose to implement RT3D technology are better positioned to meet these challenges.
The implementation of this technology allows some benefits:
– Cost savings: dependence on physical and expensive machines is reduced. In addition, it is possible to detect design and engineering failures in advance.
– Fast time to market by better working research and development schedules, enabling automated systems to be trained in simulated environments.
– Improved product margins: increased work productivity, more reliable, efficient and faster after-sales services.
– Increased sales: consequence of presenting products in a more eye-catching and attractive way, and not only using traditional multimedia formats.
Main uses of RT3D
In general, companies have adopted this technology throughout the product life cycle:
Design and Engineering: commonly, used for virtual prototyping, immersive design implementation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) visualization, human-machine interface (HMI) development, simulation of autonomous systems, among others. This allows companies to create products virtually while minimizing the costs of physical product creation and testing. In this way, these costs are saved since it allows them to solve problems before development.
Manufacturing: it is possible to train technicians, have AR-guided assistance during the production process, simulate a digital factory, validate processes virtually, train workers, etc.
Sales and Marketing: it is widely used for virtual events, interactive product configuration, mixed reality shopping experiences, etc.
Services and Usage: it is used by companies to establish remote maintenance tasks, safety training, RT3D digital twins which are used for simulations and visualizations of sensors and data, etc.
RT3D throughout the enterprise
RT3D benefits the enterprise by ensuring that products are better designed, better manufactured, better sold and better maintained because the technology addresses challenges throughout the product lifecycle.
The vast majority of companies that use RT3D find it useful for collaboration across different departments or sectors within the company. This is because once the models exist in a virtual environment, they can be applied for any type of use throughout the company.
This is how a company benefits, as it speeds up the life cycle of a product and reduces those inefficiencies inherent in traditional transfers that occur between departments.
From Virtual Dreams, in collaboration with the Technological Pole of the National University of La Matanza, we have launched a new mobile application called “Precios Máximos” (Highest Prices), in order to check and control the prices of products sold in large supermarket chains and local businesses.
In the VD team, we believe in the importance of commitment and awareness, and we are pleased to be able to provide tools to help solve the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
About the App:
The app is based on data from a government-submitted list of more than 2,300 products.
How does it work?
The application can be used in two ways:
Searching in a list or directly using the barcode reader that the app has.
In case of finding any irregularity in the price, a report can be made to the corresponding municipality, while it implements a geolocation system to provide the location from where the report was made, and prevent false claims. To do so, the user must also take a photo of the product shelf.
In this way, in the report, the respective municipality will be able to access:
- Name and lastname of the complainant.
- The geographical location where the complaint was made.
- The store at fault.
- The product.
- The brand name of the product.
- The highest price.
- The shelf price.
- Any details to be clarified-
- And the photograph that verifies the veracity of the complaint.
That is why we believe that this application can serve as a tool to prevent overpricing and thus help the community of each municipality, balancing the commitment of both the consumer, the merchant and the regulatory entities.
“Corona Game” is a new videogame, made by Virtual Dreams, a company dedicated to IT development and technological innovation (Virtual and Mixed Reality, Customer Experience, Data Science, Software Factory), with the purpose of making a contribution to raise awareness about the Covid-19 pandemic.
This video game is not intended for profit, but rather to help raise awareness about responsible compliance of the mandatory quarantine and to entertain users.
It is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android.
What is the videogame about?
Larry, the character that plays the main role in the game, has the mission of taking people who are in the streets to their respective homes. Besides, this character has a weapon that contains hand sanitizer, which will help eliminate the viruses spread in the city. Throughout the game, messages promoting preventive actions, such as isolation or washing hands with soap and water, will appear.
You can download it here:
Preview of the videogame