Spatial Computing: towards an immersive and engaging technology

Taking place little by little in the daily life of humans, spatial computing still remains unclear for some. What is it really and what advantages could it have?

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What is “spatial computing”?

Spatial computing refers to a wide range of technologies. Spatial computing determines a change in the way human beings act and interact with computers. If before, humans interacted with machines from a distance, today, the interactions become more and more immersive.

The essence of spatial computing is to bring the real world closer to the digital world. This rapprochement is almost already in the heart of many homes. Indeed, through the intelligent voice assistantsThe digital world is intruding into people’s normal lives. If only in home automation controls, computers are conquering human society. It is now possible to control the opening and closing of windows in a house through intelligent voice assistants.

Spatial computing is nothing other than the result of the evolution of computers. It is no longer a question of large machines executing orders and lacking practical intelligence. Now, the technological intelligence increases exponentially and allows to improve the quality of life in many ways. We can mention the smartphones whose usefulness is no longer limited to phone calls. With a smartphone, it is also possible to work, read books, watch a multitude of things, connect with the whole world.

Ambient computing is also part of spatial computing. It is about being able to control connected devices that we use on a daily basis. The smart house or connected house is the most popular image. There is also the very famous smart vacuum cleaner that cleans autonomously.

A particularly profitable extension of reality

Spatial computing encompasses the technologies of virtual reality and augmented reality. It manipulates virtual data to serve in real time. Concretely, thanks to augmented reality, some aspects of the digital world can be integrated with the real world. And it is exactly this possibility that is beneficial. Through augmented reality, Boeing engineers were able to perform simulations of cable installation inside an aircraft. A significant reduction in the error rate was perceived.

Virtual reality, on the other hand, allows one to enter a virtual world of possibilities. Virtual helmets are the best known examples. You just have to wear a mask on your head and you are in another world! These games play on our perception, what we see inside is not real. Let’s know that by 2024, Google plans to launch “Project Iris” its new AR headset.

These new technologies sometimes also allow to safely experiment with real-life situations that are too dangerous. For example, technicians can be trained in certain potentially risky tasks by immersing them in controlled environments.

Spatial computing: the side benefits

Spatial computing is not limited to virtual and augmented reality technologies. Many computing domains are also affected by this concept: robotics, IoT, machine learning, advanced technologies.

In the business world

Later, it will be possible to launch virtual training sessions for an entire team through spatial computing. The idea of being able to work remotely is highly sought after since the global health crisis. The use of space computing with haptic feedback combined with 360° cameras would allow workers from all over the world to work together in one place. It will be possible, in the future, that a person will not leave his home, but will attend a big meeting in China to follow the development of a project. He will be able to converse, exchange, follow presentations and present himself if necessary without having to travel. This is what happens when you bring virtual and augmented reality into the business world.

Intelligent transportation

Another facet of space computing: intelligent cars. Self-driving cars are developing rapidly. These machines are specially designed to drive without the need for a driver. Apart from this function, advanced technologies have been mobilized to make the interior, the experience of travelers, the comfort of these cars optimal.

Technological advances for medicine and quality of life

We could also talk about how spatial computing can be used to significantly improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. The use of technological advances to enable these people to increase their well-being, inclusion, and opportunities is important. Voice recognition machines, prosthetics, and everyday gadgets that emanate from space computing are invaluable. Every day, medicine draws on the latest technologies to improve the living conditions of patients.

Why some resistance to space computing?

Even if spatial computing has concrete advantages, its adoption still faces some resistance. Human nature is afraid of change, so it is normal that the adoption of new technologies takes time. For some institutions, there has been a way of doing things that has taken place for many years. The example of companies -who seem to be reluctant to use the cloud, certain software- reflects this truth. On this subject, many risks related to the use of cloud computing give reason to these companies.

We can say that today we are on the verge of immersion in the space computing landscape. Integrating immersive and engaging technologies into everyday professional, social and medical life still requires a lot of work. First of all, we need to convince people to adopt this way of interacting with the digital world. Presenting the advantages, the possibilities of solutions they abound, allowing non-costly learning situations, all this must be thought out.

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