OPTIS unveils HIM 2017 integrating haptics feedback and VR Audio

OPTIS introduces the new version of the virtual reality design tool at the GPU Technology Conference

May 16th, 2017 | Products


Using the virtual world to facilitate design decision-making

One important challenge when replacing a physical prototype with a digital model is to ensure the digital model mirrors the real world. OPTIS answers this challenge with a physical simulation approach that achieves industry expectations of accuracy. OPTIS’ HIM solution produces accurate and precise renderings that guide the decision-making process for product development of the cars, aircraft, electronics and lighting manufacturers.  HIM facilitates an interactive decision-making for globally distributed teams using virtual prototypes, enabling all stakeholders across design, production, and maintenance to be involved earlier in the product development process, reducing communication barriers. Design decisions are easier and faster to make thanks to a collaborative VR environment.  Before a product exists, as a car, for example, manufacturers use HIM to validate the perfect visual alignment of doors, wings, lamps, chromes and door locks. HIM provides a high-fidelity visualization and a full immersion in a virtual environment – giving access to the outside and inside of the future vehicle. Together, teams can make decisions regarding shapes, tolerances, materials, lighting, and colors.


OPTIS provides both software and hardware solutions. Hardware material scanner is used to capture colors, materials, surfaces, and textures of the objects the data is then dropped directly to the HIM software. Quadro GPUs provide the reliability and performance HIM software requires to experience 3D virtual prototypes immediately in scale, with a high level of realism. HIM also allows a full body motion capture to evaluate the interaction between end-users and future products. HIM includes collision detection based on NVIDIA PhysX®, a key component of the NVIDIA VRWorks SDK. High-fidelity sound restitution using VRWorks’ VR Audio to fully simulate how sound propagates, combined with the audio material definition expertise of OPTIS GENESIS, market reference for audio simulation in aerospace and car industry, provides for an entirely realistic VR immersion.


HIM software brings the virtual prototype to an unmatched level of realism. For the first time, three human perceptive senses are combined to immerse professionals in their design or training platform with a lifelike experience. 

Testing dynamically for the ultimate experience   

HIM offers a real-time interactive experiment simulator that let companies test virtual prototypes in a highly realistic 3D environment. For example, in the automotive industry, the embedded equipment such as the instrument panel, adaptive lights, glass cockpits, head-up display (HUD), the sensors for autonomous vehicles, can be virtually checked, managed and validated considering a realistic surrounding environment. Multiple lighting configurations can be simulated with various scenarios such as day and night time driving, types of road conditions and weather. This is an ideal tool for testing AI algorithms development for autonomous driving in unusual situations, which are too risky.

Making the production line more efficient

For every new product that is designed, manufacturers must create the associated production line, humans and robots being the most important resources. Before building the production line, manufacturers can use HIM to model the line in virtual reality and study any gesture to be performed both by humans and robots, in view to maximizing the safety and comfort of operators when building the product. The scope of the OPTIS' product range brings robotics to a new level. The integration of OPTIS’ software within the leading CAD platforms allows for the use of the right geometry to obtain a digital model for an industrial arm. Once the design and the ergonomics of the product have been validated, virtual reality makes it possible to manipulate the robot, even before its physical prototyping and to anticipate its responsiveness. By simulating ultra-realistic production and assembly lines, industrial players can now test and correct assembly errors related to robotics early, and safely operating maintenance on their machines.


"In the very near future, robots will gain ground in design processes and industrial manufacturing in general. OPTIS solutions will help, to a degree, but virtual reality favors/requires human interaction with machines. How? By simulating the interactions between the industrial arm, the user and the virtual environment in which the robot operates, or a humanoid robot that provides tools for virtual maintenance" said Jacques Delacour, CEO and founder of OPTIS.

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