Title: Exploring the viability of holographic displays for product visualisation

Authors: E.Z. Opiyo, I. Horvath

Addresses: Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands. ' Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands

Abstract: Three-dimensional (3D) visual information is the key to understanding in design processes, especially for activities that involve space imagination such as ergonomics review, assembly verification and product use simulation. Currently, two-dimensional (2D) displays are predominantly used for visualisation of both 2D and 3D product models. However, it is understood that 3D displays provide better spatial visual experiences. The focus in this work was on the investigation of the appropriateness of using standard holographic displays for 3D product visualisation. Evaluation has been conducted and problems that designers and engineers might face in using holographic displays for product visualisation have been identified. It has been established that these displays do not completely meet the basic 3D product visualisation demands. However, they seem to be appealing solutions because they display images that multiple viewers can collaboratively view and walk around, seeing them from different perspectives.

Keywords: 3D product visualisation; virtual reality; computer-aided design; CAD; spatial design; holographic displays; collaborative design; product design.

DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2010.032605

Journal of Design Research, 2010 Vol.8 No.3, pp.169 - 188

Available online: 08 Apr 2010 *

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