Holographic Digital Twins

Holographic Digital Twins

Digital twin technology could be the virtual key to unlock more efficient product manufacturing and real-time analysis. Using Looking Glass software plugins for Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, teams can interact with digital twins in real-time 3D without the friction of VR/AR headgear.

What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a dynamic virtual replica of a physical product or process. Using real information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT), a digital twin can simulate how its real-world counterpart will behave before it exists. This gives teams a one-stop-shop for viewing the entire life cycle of a project, from manufactured products to infrastructure components—including what kinds of maintenance will be needed over time.

A gesture-based holographic demo of an INFINITI concept made using the HoloPlay Plugin for Unity.

Using data to predict the future in this way will improve how products are built and will revolutionize how teams approach collaborative pre-visualizations. With a Looking Glass, designers, engineers, and key decision-makers can gather around a single display to discuss and simulate improvements in real-time 3D.

The Best of Both Worlds

A digital twin brings two phases of the manufacturing process together under one roof: digital pre-visualization and real-world deployment. Since they use real-world data, digital twins are more than 3D models—they are effectively the products themselves.

In a Looking Glass, you can quickly analyze, customize, and present to others without headgear, eye strain, or special glasses. Viewing a lifelike preview of your finished product means that the days of rotating a 3D build on a 2D screen are over.

Check out this post by Deloitte for a deep dive into the physical-digital-physical journey.

Driving Innovation with 3D Engines

We have seen examples from both Unity 3D and Unreal Engine of their software in use to visualize digital twins. When using a Looking Glass, you can view 3D content in either platform in real-time with an astounding level of realism.

An interactive car-viewing app made using the HoloPlay Plugin for Unreal Engine.

Digital twins will make design and deployment more efficient, and it's best that everyone involved in the project can view and understand everything as quickly as possible. Using a Looking Glass to examine 3D digital twins is as simple as plugging in a second monitor. From visualizing a product before manufacturing to monitoring a process in real-time, a holographic display will lighten the workload.

If you’re interested in speaking to someone about using a Looking Glass to create or deploy a digital twin, send us a message at future@lookingglassfactory.com.

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