Designing The Future
By Aaron Anderson
The advancements of technology over the last twenty years has given way to tremendous opportunity, efficiency, and accessibility to resources. These dramatic societal shifts would make the rulers of ancient days envious of the lives that most people in the developed world have today. It is no surprise that with such rapid change comes monumental pressures and challenges to the societies that have been impacted by these historical transformations. They are also wonderful opportunities for innovative and entrepreneurial endeavors to flourish as we continue to design the future. We at Vusar see a turning of the tides coming in several areas when it comes to designing the future, literally and figuratively speaking. Let me explain.
One development in the market that has captured our attention at Vusar is the advancement of augmented reality – commonly referred to as AR. By displaying digital graphical information and overlaying it into the real world, it helps to create a balance between the digital and the real. There is also a tremendous transformation taking place in the world of Computer Aided Design, more commonly known as CAD. The CAD industry has struggled in recent years to make their products useful for a wider set of customers. This is largely due to a shift in preference towards cloud services from a more restrictive licensed software model, as well as the inherent nature that CAD is complex. There is also a greater demand from non-CAD users to engage with their organization’s designs in new and unique ways.
At Vusar, we are leveraging AR to bring 3D CAD designs out of the desktop, and into the real world. This provides a number of benefits for our users. For starters, it draws design teams, technical teams and project managers into a more collaborative review process – previously not available through conventional design tools. It also enables a whole new way to interact and engage in ways that free us from the digital silos that have confined our interpersonal communication. Furthermore, viewing designs at true scale in the real world enables more impactful engagement with the design specifications, fostering greater efficiency and accuracy.
Many recent articles and research have proclaimed that collaboration is the solution of the future in technology – as if it were some new profound idea, or the latest market phenomenon, but this has always been the case. More specifically, what we are seeing is a turning point in how we are able to put the human before the technology, and this is leading to a tremendous uptick in our ability to interact and communicate our ideas with one another – by, with and through our technologies.
Design is a multi-disciplinary process, and we are witnessing a shift in both the way we leverage our digital tools, and the benefits of an enhanced collaborative process. The confluence of mobile, cloud, visual operating systems, and machine learning are enabling us to develop these tools of the future that will help bring design projects and teams together in ways that enhance our operations and interactions through the process.
Aaron is the CEO at Vusar. His career spans diverse backgrounds in the military, defense, engineering, capital markets, technology and entrepreneurship.