Title: The enablers for interactive augmented prototyping

Authors: Jouke Verlinden, Imre Horvath

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

Abstract: Interactive Augmented Prototyping (IAP) is a novel approach that extends the benefits of virtual prototyping to physical model making by employing Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. Although several IAP systems exist, the development of these prototypes is complicated. At present, an in-depth discussion regarding design support scenarios and relevant design domains is lacking. This article presents an overview of the enablers of IAP, including physical model making and input and display techniques. Each have their limitations and challenges, which restrict the interaction possibilities and set-up time/effort. From this palette of enabling technologies, a morphological chart was constructed. Furthermore, existing IAP applications from the literature were compared in terms of design support and technologies. An important finding is that existing IAP systems limit the level of interaction, thus restricting the benefits. More elaborate applications should be developed. Finally, a more elaborate method to assess the impact of IAP is required.

Keywords: design support; interactive augmented prototyping; IAP; physical prototyping; augmented reality; virtual prototyping; product design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2010.032990

International Journal of Product Development, 2010 Vol.11 No.1/2, pp.62 - 88

Published online: 06 May 2010 *

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