More than just hype⁉️ Changes in the economy due to the Industrial Metaverse…
The Industrial Metaverse is like a digital parallel universe in which people from all over the world work together in the form of avatars – faster, more efficiently and more environmentally friendly than in the real world. But what does this mean for our economy in concrete terms?
Imagine you are an engineer at a machine tool manufacturer. On a Monday morning, you’re preparing for an important meeting involving engineers from around the world. The special feature? No one must make a long and expensive trip. Instead, everyone involved puts on virtual reality goggles and dives into the Industrial Metaverse, where they collaborate as avatars on 3D models.
Many might dismiss the metaverse as temporary hype, but Dr. Dietmar Lass, senior research manager at the Fraunhofer ICT Alliance, is convinced, „The metaverse is more than a hype. It will come, however and to whatever extent.“ Large companies such as Siemens Energy, BASF, Kawasaki Robotics, SAP, ABBand Rockwell Automation are already experimenting with it and using the technology, for example, to set up virtual labs, plan maintenance operations or build agile robot factories.
However, not only large companies should benefit from the advantages of Metaverse, but also SMEs. This is where igus GmbH comes in and plans to open the iguverse as a kind of software-as-a-service in the medium term. In this way, companies with a low level of digitization and a limited budget can also benefit from the advantages of #virtualreality – without their own development costs. igus thereby builds digital and copy-protected twins for the digital space and even offers the digitization of old products. In addition, it is planned to offer suitable VR glasses and VR controllers for rent. https://blog.igus.de/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/SK.mp4
The iguverse offers a variety of new possibilities, such as the presentation of #virtual twins of products or the implementation of complete engineering projects with engineers and material experts from all over the world. It even makes it possible to design a virtual store floor together with suppliers and then transfer it to the real world – thanks to #augmented reality.
An #AR model of a robot with igus products projected in real size onto a factory floor (source: igus).