technologies made easier
Co-operative working technologies have improved over the last few
years, but are often too complex to be used by all. Three-dimensional (3D) technologies
for example are used in computer-aided design (CAD) systems, but require skilled engineers
to make use of them.
The CAVALCADE project is solving this problem by developing virtual prototyping
technologies that are easier for all to use. The project has produced a software system
that allows several users to work at the same time on the same virtual mock-up. The system
provides a desktop Virtual Reality (VR) interface with speech and gesture recognition.
This allows people to use voice commands. In addition, teleconferencing facilities to
support collaborative sessions between distant sites are integrated into the software.
Virtual prototyping allows designers to test and improve their work earlier and
provides opportunities for multiple site co-operations. The project expects to make a
significant commercial impact in the industrial sector, because there are few solutions
available that allow the non-expert users to construct and visualise 3D models.
Teleconferencing technologies are in action on the CAVALCADE STAND and include VR,
speech recognition, and collaborative working.