Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Digital Twin: Smart, Connected Products

The way thing are made is changing. The connection between the digital and physical world of design is merging closer and closer. Historically 3D design and engineering plans were used in the beginning of a design process and when the physical product was created, these digital files were left on the hard drive and perhaps used in future product iterations. This is changing.

Now digital models of products are being integrated with our physical reality. In the near future we will be using apps to visualize our physical products in a virtual avatar form whereby we can learn all sorts of stuff. For instance, imagine you want to see if your car is in good condition--pull out your car 3D visualization app and in real time see the oil viscosity, piston structural integrity, or tire pressure of your car. All this data will be personalized to your car using embedded sensors in the product. The beginnings of this digital twin strategy are starting to appear such as augmented maps. If you are curious to learn more about the Digital Twin strategy and smart, connected products check out PTC's CEO keynote talk at the LiveWorx conference in Boston. Definitely worth a look if you are interested in innovation, design, and product development.