A world first in digital twins
“Digital twins is an Industry 4.0 issue that many of our partners are dealing with. We apply it ourselves in the Building Innovation Modelling system, which entails creating a complete digital model of your building in 3D. You then add dynamic data to it with the help of real-time sensors in the real world. For example, we’re scanning buildings with drones to see how we can improve the insulation. Drones also conduct safety scans, for example, checking where dangerous objects are and where people are at risk on site.
Cameras provide information about which windows lack insulation, and how this can be fixed. This information is all fed into the model, so it becomes a digital twin of your building. All partners working on the building receive automatic feedback to optimize their systems and to produce better ones.
Living Tomorrow has even achieved a world first in the field of digital twins for product design. As part of the Future Vision project, we have created a hologram table that allows manufacturers to design and test products virtually. You actually see your product appear, and then you can read out all the data.
We are also working hard on service robots. For example, together with Mercedes, we’re looking at how we can work with brainwaves in the AVTR [Mercedes’ car of the future]. Not to control the car – because the AVTR is intended to drive completely autonomously within ten years – but to control the entertainment functions. So, we’re looking for completely new interfaces in the car of the future. Because it will no longer be necessary to pay attention to the road, we will have a lot of free time in this kind of mobility cocoon.”