A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
"This is a real tridimensional representation. We have all these people who can watch it at the same time. You don't need to wear glasses on your face or virtual reality headset or something. It looks 3D and you can move around it. This is so cool!"
"We were able to view a prototype of the system recently, which is able to show a true, 3D representation of a 3D model. When I say, “true”, I mean that you can walk around it and your view is the same as if it were a solid object..."
We live in a tridimensional world, but we mainly communicate with two dimensional images. We want to fill this gap, with a real 3D visualization device, compact and easy to use, that removes the need for visors or special glasses.
A volumetric display device is a graphic display device that forms a visual representation of an object in three physical dimensions, as opposed to the planar image of traditional screens that simulate depth through a number of different visual effects.
VVD is a patent pending solution which allows you to create a real tridimensional volumetric visualization of 3D content. It's all very easy to use, just load any 3D model (an .STL file on your USB drive, for example) and press "View"! Unlike holograms, that you can only see from a certain range of angles, a volumetric visualization can:
be explored from any point of view
more people can watch it at the same time, becoming a shareable experience
no need for additional glasses, reducing viewers eye fatigue and making this solution simple and suitable for everyone.
Medicine, orthodontics, surgery are undergoing a revolution with use of new techniques which rely on 3D imaging providing new tools for diagnosis, preoperative surgical planning, intra-operative phase and study and training.
This is all possible thanks to 3D scanners or magnetic resonance scanners and computed tomography (CT) scanners, making 3D images out of 2D slices. Up to now, these data are mainly watched on bidimensional screens.
VVD creates a new disruptive way to look at these data, which can now be explored from any point of view, without additional glasses, opening up to endless applications in the medical sector and bringing key benefits such as
Increasing patient awareness and education, with a much easier to understand visual explanation of the undergoing procedure;
Increasing efficiency and less unexpected issues in the operating room, since a surgeon can see a better 3D visualization of the involved body parts, allowing for a better understanding and preparation.
Medical experts can now study, discuss with their colleagues or explain to their students real case studies as 3D volumetric visualization that can be explored from any point of view, as if it was a real object in front of them.
With VVD you can explore the design you have just created or double check all details of the mechanical component you have just developed, like if it was already in your hand, before going for prototyping. Because when you design in 3D, you are watching your work on a bi-dimensional screen. Perspective, created through visual effects, allows us to get an idea of the volume and proportions of what we are designing, but, believe us, to watch your model as it really is, is not the same thing!
Working on a real three-dimensional visualization from every angle, VVD can help you get a better general view of your assembly of components, checking that all of them are right, proportionate, their coupling is correct. You can event review it with your colleagues, because you are all watching at the same time, anyone from his personal point of view.
Since you can share the visualization experience with someone else, VVD becomes the perfect tool for any designer who need to discuss and revise a model with his client. Not to mention the “Whoa” effect the use of VVD can generate in your audience while using it to present your work!
Some reasons for using VVD for you work:
Volumetric visualization has a perspective similar with the truth.
With VVD you can constantly double check your work in progress in real three dimensions, limiting the risk of errors.
Many people can watch the same 3D model at the same time, allowing more direct discussions and decision-making sessions on the project with your costumers and design team member
This device attracts the viewer, enrich the design, and make its vision more impacting for your audience.
Visualize a 3D model on VVD is easy, you can just load any .STL file, which is a standard for 3D models
VVD perfectly integrates in your regular workflow, because any 3D modelling software allows to export our project file in .STL format.
VVD is the most affordable device of its kind and it is easy to carry and travel with, if you want to take it at your client's desk.
VVD makes your project simply cooler!
It is not easy to keep a whole class interested in a lesson. Sometimes it seems that students are just bored and they are not absorbing any of the information you are hardly trying to teach. A suggestion can be to talk less and involve students more. The more the class is interactive and the more technology is used, the more students will enjoy what they are learning, because technology is what students nowadays live and breathe every day and they love it!
Imagine having to study a chemical structure, how would you like to look at it?
VVD: Volumetric Visualization Device, becomes a great tool to support the teacher in different ways like:
explaining and developing students three-dimensional visual and sensory perception;
representing complex concept like mathematical or chemical formulas in their three dimensions;
display body parts, artefacts, animals or any 3D model that can relate to your lesson, instead of using mere pictures.
Students can move around and fully understand model proportions.
More people can watch the same model at the same time, encouraging discussion and opinions exchange with the teacher or among the students.
The museum of the future must become a center for the community, a meeting and conversation place, where the public is involved in a continuous dynamism.
Normal display cases and graphics are more and more supported by videos, interactive displays, VR experience. When in need to show artifacts or archaeological finds which are not present in the museum but are related to the ongoing exhibition, museums make a wide use of pictures, drawings, schematic images.
VVD is a new affordable tool to make an exhibition visit more absorbing and interactive, to grab the attention of the public on special pieces we want to highlight. The front screen allows you to add captions, images, video and more information about the 3D models you are displaying.
VVD can be used for the tridimensional visualization of terrains or geographic surveys using DEM elevation files.
With VVD, you can now watch a perfectly scaled model of the construction you are developing, with correct perspective and proportions, instead of or before investing on the creation of a traditional architectural model.
VVD projects the various horizontal layers of a 3D model on a special film vibrating very fast. This vibration of the image, exploit the "persistence of vision", a characteristic of our retina or brain, to retain an image after it has been removed, enabling us to perceive a whole object. This is believed to be the same principle of cinema animation techniques, where the viewer interprets a fast sequence of still images as a continuous moving image.
Please notice that since the VVD is still a live project, product and product specifications are subject to change. We are still improving and refining it every day! The specifications, and all the GIFs and videos refer to the current prototype, that has been shown already at CES (Las Vegas), FormNext (Frankfurt), Maker Faire (Rome, IT).
.STL files are already supported. Grayscale depth images can also be converted with our software. More files support will be added.
More than 39 million Voxels (608*684*96)
Current system is based on X86 / Windows board platform. Raspberry / Linux system is also being evaluated.
7" LCD for visualization of the interface, as well as photos/video that add information to the volumetric image shown.
Stereo speakers for audio description
Current viewing area: 90 x 55 x 45 mm
Compact design: the VVD is a stand-alone device with overall size of just 36 x 20 x 24 cm. Anodized aluminium frame and body.
Typical 45W, Max 144W (24V, 6A external power supply)
USB connection; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be evaluated
It might be remarked that a 3D model explorable from any point of can be rendered with Virtual Reality too.
VR is a great technology which is now becoming more and more familiar to people, but again it is a visual effect, not real tridimensionality.
One device, multiple viewers.
To experience VR, you need to wear a visor which makes your experience personal and subjective. The great revolution of VVD is that one single device provides a sharable three-dimensional experience without the need of special glasses. This means that more people can watch at the same time the same 3D model from any point of view, giving a new possibility to discuss what is projected together with other people, being them your colleagues, your client, your students, your patients. This create new opportunities not only in product design, but in a huge number of different fields.
The VVD is a real volumetric visualization device: it means that the 3D projection can be seen from every point of view, and even if you move slightly, what you see will change, as if you were looking at a real object! In comparison, the so called "Holographic pyramids" just project 4 views of a 3D model, as you can see in the video below:
This means that if you are looking at the "hologram", and you move around it, you will not see a different image, until you move 90°; at that point, you will see a completely different image. You just have 4 views, front, back, left, right. If you use a spherical/cylindrical 3D model, you will notice less this, this is a trick used to make those display look more realistic than what they actually are. Looking from the top, or below, will not make you see what's on the top/bottom of the 3d model, you will still see only one of those 4 images.
Don't get us wrong: the "holographic pyramids" are cool! We even designed one some years ago, and with minimal materials, you can create a very interesting illusion! But it is not a real, useful volumetric visualization.
Our mission: developing innovative ideas and make them real! (also, giving back to the community too)
I am Davide Marin, founder and CEO of Lumi Industries. I’ve always been a creative person and I consider myself a Maker.
I’ve been always keeping my hands busy doing stuff. I’ve explored different art forms but my main passion is technology. I’ve lots of ideas and my goal is to make real the most innovative and useful of them for the benefit of the community. Please find here some of the project I have been developing during the past years.
Since early 2012, 3D printing grabbed my attention. From the beginning I was fascinated in particular by resin based 3D printing and in 2013 I developed what became the first compact and portable resin based 3D printer called Lumifold. This was the first step to the creation of Lumi Industries. Read more about it on this AMAFEED.
Your help matters!
We have a lot of ideas on what VVD can become and how to do it, but such a work of research and development need resources. This campaign is the first step ahead. Any contribution from you, will help lay the first bricks toward VVD future developments. Thank you!
We would like to say "thank you!" to all our backers: past, present and future!
With their support on our first crowdfunding campaign, backers from around the world, helped us to found Lumi Industries, a startup with the mission of making 3D printing benefits available to a growing number of users.
Through the support from our backers we have been able to validate and fund the development and production of other two successful 3D printers models, which otherwise we would not have been able to bring to market for the benefits of hobbyists and professionals.
Now we need your help to take VVD to the next level! The more we raise, the more we can do. Tell anyone you know about it!
A special thanks to the people who have helped and supported us:
Having already run and fulfilled three crowdfunding campaigns in the past, having developed several products and being now involved in the development of an open innovation project for a multinational company, we are aware that every new adventure bear unforeseen challenges and difficulties. It can be the need to redesign certain components to improve overall product performance, supply shortages or assembly chains delays. We are ready to implement all what we have learned from our experience and to challenge again our problem-solving capabilities with this campaign.
We also feel that you backers are part of the team and we will keep you updated and posted with our progress. If any unexpected issue may arise we will let you know and try to fix it in the fastest way.
You missed the first batch? VVD is still available at a price incomparable to anything similar on the market.
To thank you for your support, we will also add VVD T-shirt, so that you can shout it loud that you made VVD come true!
If you want to get a full VVD experience, here it is the complete set!
You will get VVD at a price never seen before.
You will receive in addition the VVD foldable stand.
You will be able to carry VVD wherever you want in an easy and practical way.
Don't miss the chance to see the future with new eyes.
Receive your very own VVD unit and stand customized with your logo. Come to see the VVD live at our premises! We will schedule a full day for showing you our future plans and research and discuss how these solutions can be customized for your business. One night hotel stay included for 2 people, we’ll take you out for lunch too! (flights not included). You can pick the VVD at our premises or having it shipped for free at your location.