How Virtual Reality is Changing the Game For Design
Virtual and augmented reality has completely changed the way we can visualize things as consumers and has been revolutionizing wearable tech design. Popular among video games and the entertainment industry, you can plop on a pair of goggles that literally can transport you to anywhere, making you feel like you’ve completely left the room and your surroundings and been placed into a whole new world. With the innovation in this technology, we’re also seeing it being used in other ways outside of gaming and entertainment such as in product design.
How Virtual Reality is Changing Wearable Tech Design
A survey done by PwC found that 39% of companies are using augmented and virtual reality for product design and development. Companies like Nike are already thinking to the future of the possibilities with AR and VR, and looking at how it will help designers visualize their products easier, allowing them to bring them to market quicker and more effectively. In the video below you’ll see their vision for how they expect VR/AR to take over the way we design. With designers being able to actually “feel” the product before even putting it forward to production or prototyping.
Currently, wearable tech design and design, in general, has a number of hurdles, as we all know, however technology like virtual reality can completely change that going forward. Currently, we are faced with finding the talent and skills that allow us to create something, the hours, days, months, and sometimes years it takes to mockup a new invention and has it 3D printed as a prototype. Virtual reality can make this easier, and more effective for wearable tech design.
Foam core mockups used to be a staple when it came to industrial design. These mockups would help designers better evaluate aspects of their design. It would help stimulate different usage patterns and help designers see where improvements and adjustments need to be made. However, these mockups could take days, to weeks to make and if a larger change needs to be made to the model, it again would take significant time, therefore slowing down the design process. Not to mention how hard it be to transport a large mockup to a client.
This is where virtual reality steps in and plays a huge role in the designing process. Not only does it save designers time, but it would also allow designers to play with and change aspects of their product design a lot more efficiently. The video below gives an example of how designers can easily manipulate and make changes to a design.
As virtual and augmented reality continues to evolve, MAKO can’t wait to see how this innovates and changes the wearable tech design space and how we design products.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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