Meta: Augmented Reality Startup Aims to Change Computing

by Mitch Bossart, Industry Writer for GoEngineer

Today we can design products in 3D, but then we must view them on a 2D screen. Augmented reality startup Meta is out to change all that.

The goal at Meta is to bust the designer out of a 2D world. They are creating a communication platform that enables collaboration in a 3D holographic environment.

The Difference Between AR and VR

Unlike virtual reality (VR) which completely blocks out the physical world, augmented reality (AR) allows you maintain contact with your colleagues—even make eye contact—and manipulate objects with your hands in a holographic 3D space.

Augmented reality is becoming a powerful tool that will shape the next wave of computing.

How Does It Work?

The device has sensors that see your entire surroundings and construct a 3D map of that world, and then track your movement within it.

Meta’s device has a 90-degree field of view and is tethered so you can scale to the power of the computer and render CAD models in super high fidelity.

Developing New Products

Meta uses SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and Stratasys 3D printers from GoEngineer to design and create prototypes of its products. What’s more, Meta staff are using their own technology to design the next-iteration headset, the Meta 3.

At Meta, they do collaborative design reviews on the SOLIDWORKS models in a holographic 3D space.  They can quickly communicate design intent to each other in ways that were just not possible before and plan to use their device to communicate the value of the product to possible investors and future customers.

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