We just returned from two exciting trade shows: the Paris Air Show (Le Bourget, France) and Industrial Virtual Reality in Tokyo, Japan. Hundreds of visitors came to experience how a high-performance head-mounted display enables engineers and designers to be immersed in their 3D data in the most realistic way possible (without actually building a physical version, of course).
In Tokyo, we were visited by Many of engineers and executives from some of Japan's most recognizable companies including Canon, Mitusubishi, Honda, Sony, NEC, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Ricoh, Epson, Toshiba, Nikon, Fuji, Brother and more. Similarly, in Paris, big aerospace giants came to see how VR technology can make a difference on the effectiveness of their designs, training systems, and products. Amazingly, our visitors in Paris were able to concentrate on the demo, even when test pilots where performing air stunts with the newest fighter jets and passenger airplanes.
An HMD for every engineer is still a long way ahead of us, but the interest level and excitement that these industrial giants make us all believe that mainstream virtual reality will become reality.