How does Virtual Reality change Industry?

Software, Powerwalls, Virtual Reality headsets ... These tools at the service of Virtual prototyping

December 7th, 2017 | Innovation



Historically specialized in optics, OPTIS quickly turned to simulation with the launch of SPEOS, an offline and non-real-time simulation software integrated into many famous CAD platforms such as Catia. SPEOS enables to generate photo-realistic scenes that very precisely reproduce the interaction between light and materials (which sometimes require several days of calculation). Since 2007, the company is also specialized in real-time rendering. Now a virtual reality specialist, OPTIS applies its simulation expertise to new products that are currently on the market. The goal is to allow customers to use data from a virtual environment instead of real-world data, to make the right design decisions very early in the design process.
Car manufacturers, such as Bentley Motors, also use them for ergonomic reviews, to quickly validate the accessibility of components. By coupling the OPTIS visualization with a motion recognition system, engineers promptly realize potential problems of scale (steering wheel size), accessibility, or visibility of the different elements of the dashboard. Another use case applies to marketing during events. The objective of this experiment is above all to allow manufacturers to configure their product on a touch screen before being able to view it in 3D in real time. At scale I, visitors can, for example, try the experiment and make a virtual tour of the Quintessence boat they had just configured, after having tested different scenarios of colors and materials.


Also, OPTIS is a partner of many Virtual Reality centers such as INRIA (France), NIAR (USA), VEC (UK), VDC (Germany), for example, and also owns its Virtual Reality Centers - in San Jose and Wichita. Their goal? Developing and bring the best of technology to industries. The use of professional equipment such as Caves and Powerwalls is indeed a unique chance for industries to experiment their future products to scale 1/1 and train to perform complex maintenance operations with the same precision as if they were in real life, safely.


The entire OPTIS software suite for real-time rendering is also compatible with virtual reality headsets. As of now, OPTIS software is mainly used in industrial CAVE systems during design reviews, but headsets also have their uses. Nicolas Dalmasso, Director of Innovation at OPTIS concludes:

"The use of a CAVE is expensive, and it is difficult to block one for several hours. Helmets allow teams to prepare reviews in advance and thus reduce costs by spending much less time CAVE, "




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