Mixed Reality, Internet of Things, and Digital Twins

 In CraneMorley, Mixed Reality Industry Insight

In the past we have individually covered what Mixed Reality, Internet of Things, and Digital Twins are and how they are used. In a previous blog we also explored how Mixed Reality and Internet of Things are used together. Now we will dive into the powerful combination with the use of Digital Twins.

The use of Digital Twins with Mixed Reality and Internet of Things opens a new realm of possibilities. Based on the use and application not everything has to exist in real life. There can be a digital twin right beside a physical product used to compare what a product looks like to what it should look like or a digital twin overlayed on top of a product to show where a part goes, and which angle the part should be faced. To the use of just a digital twin by itself.

One of the things that was not possible before the combination of the three, is simulations are brought to life. You could also view them within 2D on a computer but to bring them to life in 3D changes the game. Microsoft has an example simulation where they use real time data thanks to IoT to show what happens live on a wind farm. The help of Digital Twins and Mixed Reality brings a holographic replica of the wind farm to life. Users can scale the Digital Twin as small as they want or as large as they want to zoom in and out.

The fun does not end though. Based on future weather forecast users can plug the data in and simulate how the wind farm will perform in those conditions. This will help predict and show when we would need an alternate source of power or when to conserve power during time with low or no wind. Talk is cheap and is difficult for scientists to explain everything while a visual model simplifies everything and leaves an impactful lasting impression.

Another creative example of the use of Mixed Reality, Internet of Things, and Digital Twins is how Microsoft and Minnesota Department of Transportation redefines bridge inspection. They were able to reduce the amount of in person inspections to a far more efficient remote inspection. They used a drone to capture images of bridges and used IoT and Mixed Reality to bring the bridge to life. They can also compare wear and tear from previous year to predict when they need to reinspect and repair or replace a bridge.

Like we mentioned before with Mixed Reality and Internet of Things, the same can be said with Digital Twins the possibilities are endless and are living saving.

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