Synthetic Environments for Cooperative Product Design


Broek, Egon L. van den and Meijer, Frank and Miedema, Jan and Wang, Huaxin and Voort, Mascha C. van der and Vergeest, Joris S.M. (2008) Synthetic Environments for Cooperative Product Design. In: 5th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization, and Engineering, CDVE 2008, 21-25 September 2008, Calvià, Mallorca, Spain (pp. pp. 1-10).

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Abstract:Synthetic Environments (SE) facilitate an easy setup of various virtual realities since they are component-based and relatively easy maintainable. Through three stages, involving various types of stakeholders, the feasibility of SEs for cooperative product design (CPD) was explored: 1) Semi-structured group interviews with 19 engineers and designers assessed SE’s potential for CPD; 2) Implementation of a SE; 3) Comparison of a SE with its real counterpart, through: a) an experimental task and b) questionnaires to determine the task performance, the mental workload, the experienced spatial presence, involvement, and realness. 16 participants had a similar task performance, mental workload, and involvement but differed in experienced realism (F(1,30)=5.11, p=.03) and spatial presence (F(1,30)=7.02, p=.01). This research emphasizes the benefit of SE for CPD, which can increase the communication, speed and quality of CPD. Hence, a first step is made towards a new era of CPD.
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