The new AR, or Augmented Reality technology doesn't look terribly different from the Virtual Reality tech that fizzed out in the '90s, but developer Canon is touting it to be useful in the realm of product design.
Their bulky, spatially-aware AR headset--more like a fascia, really, that requires both hands--can overlay complicated 3D models on the user's field of vision. The obvious application is for interior and environments design walkthroughs, but the demo Canon runs in this video has the wearer observing a primitive automotive suspension as it navigates a series of bumps. Their PR guy discusses how it will enable mechanical, electrical and software designers and engineers to share information in a way that will smoothen the design process, but exactly how this would happen is not made overt.
AR's design-process benefits will probably take a little more dot-connecting to come together, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for developments.
via dig info tv