The Use of Immersive Technologies for Concept Design

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1217)


In this paper, a method is proposed for using virtual reality for concept design with the Gravity Sketch VR application and a virtual reality headset. The method for augmented concept design is then tested against traditional sketching on paper. The participants were thirteen product development master students, challenged to design backpacks in VR and on paper. Different parameters like efficiency, ease of use and enjoyment were measured through observation, a survey and a laddering interview. Even though the master students had no experience with virtual reality, the VR method scored surprisingly high on efficiency, effectiveness and ease of use. The participants specified that they enjoyed working with VR more, however none of them were likely to completely replace their traditional sketching methods. Nevertheless, this study supports the claim that virtual reality technology is ready for product design.


VR CAD 3D sketching Prototyping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Design Sciences, Department Product DevelopmentUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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