A Digital Twin is the concept of recreating a real object as a 3D model. This can be something that has already been made in the real world, or something that will be made in the future. This allows people to experience the object without being in its physical presence.
From the moment 3D modeling became commercially usable, digital twins have been a subject of interest in multiple sectors such as ship building and architecture. However, up until recently creating these Digital Twins had a higher cost than the value they bring.
In recent years the process of creating complex 3D models has become much more efficient and presenting them has become much easier as the hardware almost every person owns such as smartphones has become more powerful. This makes a Digital Twin simultaneously cheaper to create, and more valuable. Because of this the demand for Digital Twins has become higher and higher.
Even more interesting, while the technology to create and present these digital twins has become more efficient, completely new ways to present them have been appearing as well. Such mediums include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and as you can read in one of our other blogs: holographic projections.
This creates an exciting situation where the concept of Digital Twins have been able to flourish. Any person can now theoretically use their smartphone or home computer to view 3D models of exceedingly complex structures, use their smartphone to see how they look in real life by using augmented reality, or even have assert influence over it by use of digital interaction. We at Apollo are especially excited by the aspect of increased digital interaction. With the traditional 3D models made by architecture firms, and other building organisations it is very difficult to add interaction due to how their 3D models are created.
In our quest to make Digital Twins cheaper, more efficient, and exceedingly more interactive we have been developing multiple methods to convert the 3D models that these companies already have in possession. These converted models can then be combined with the newest technologies from the gaming industry such as the Unreal Engine, or Unity. This allows us to add interactivity for a price lower than ever possible, and in a time frame that is shorter than ever.
These interactive Digital Twins can then easily be used on not just one platform, but multiple. Thanks to the nature of the technology from the Gaming industry, these models can then be used on almost any platform from Virtual Reality to a web browser.
The interactivity can be made as complex as the situation calls for. From simply being able to walk around in your new dream home project, to being able to change and configure your perfect ship, while automatically keeping in line with every possible nautical rule of law.
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