October 22, 2018

What is Digital Twin Technology?

Digital twin technology involves using sensors and machine learning to build virtual systems that react the same way as the real-world version of that system.

For example, combining this technology with VR will allow car makers to test engine designs without building a physical car. Farmers will be able to try new planting layouts and polycultures without having to wait for their crops to grow. Amusement parks will be able to create massive roller-coaster-like experiences inside of storefront-sized spaces.

Digital twins enable engineering and design teams to test and improve projects without the financial or time-based risks of doing so in the real world. They help engineers spot conflicts early on in the design process and enable them to test infinite design iterations without stopping the production process. Digital twins also use real-time, open data and can link with supply chain and enterprise asset management tools to allow teams to collaborate and work more efficiently.

Students who have experience working with digital twins will definitely set themselves apart from their peers. Students who want to use technology to improve the world around them will also want to look into mixed reality—augmented and virtual reality—as one of the most powerful tools currently available to innovators.

Want to tinker with digital twins and VR with me here at UAT? Check out our Virtual Reality degree program.

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