Virtual Reality Design Services
Have a vision of what you’d like to achieve but not yet sure what the best way to turn that vision into reality? Sensics can help.
Leverage our technology and VR experience to create new products or solve tough challenges. Whether for consumer, medical or military markets, we have done it before and can do it for you.
Let us help you overcome your toughest VR challenges and make your vision a reality. Contact us to receive our capabilities presentation and discuss your particular requirements.
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Though every project is a bit different, here is how the process of creating a custom product typically works:
In this phase, we work with the customer to understand requirements such as:
- How will the product be used?
- What are the critical requirements and points of emphasis? Is it cost? Performance? Weight? Ability to work in particular environments? Ability to interface with certain devices?
- What are the “nice to have” requirements?
- What is the desired timeline?
- What quantities are expected if the project is successful (this influences manufacturing technologies)?
- What are the deficiencies of existing products?
- Are there constraints with regards to selection of materials? For instance, some customers prefer glass optics while others are unable to use them in the product.
These requirements are then summarized in writing and serve as the base for the next step.
In the preliminary design review (PDR), we present initial design options for the customer. These might be industrial design options, optics options, and so forth. We present all the key components of the system and how they interact with each other. Where possible, we show 3D models and optical performance simulations. We make recommendations when to develop new parts, and when there is an opportunity to use a pre-existing Sensics design. We also provide production cost estimates.
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For instance, when we designed the zSight some years ago, here are three style options that were presented in the PDR
What we aim to achieve in the PDR is:
- Receive feedback from the customer
- Identify points that require additional exploration
- Obtain approval for the system architecture and key components
- Define action items for the next step, the CDR
The critical design review (CDR) is the last step before producing prototypes. At this step, we present detailed design for each of the critical components: mechanics, optics, electronics, software, etc. The goals are:
- Ensure that we adequately addressed all open points from the PDR
- Review the detailed design to see if there are any remaining concerns
- Discuss prototyping and production plans as it relates to manufacturing technologies, costs, etc.
- Obtain approval to proceed with making prototypes
Here is an example of detailed mechanical design that we performed many years ago:
Based on approval from the CDR, the first working prototypes are built. Because they are made using prototyping technologies, they are likely more expensive than eventual mass-produced units and might not be as polished, but they work. They allow the customer to experience a fully-working product.
Once the customer had a chance to review the prototypes, our goals are:
- Obtain any required feedback
- Decide if another prototype iteration is required
- When applicable, discuss transition to manufacturing
Here, for instance, is the first prototype of the zSight:
Now that the prototypes have been approved, we can move to production. Sensics has been active in VR since 2003, so we have had lots of experience in transitioning products from prototype to production. We have worked with US and Far East suppliers, and have set up production lines with both local and global manufacturers.
In some cases, we handed over the production management duties to our customer, and helped in the transition.
Interested in seeing what we can do for you? Contact us to get started.