German designer Miele has introduced Computer Aided Virtual Environment (CAVE) into the household appliance realm, which may soon result in a better human-machine interface.
CAVE allows a product to exist in the virtual world before it comes to being in the real world. This helps many conceptual products be discussed, tried and also changed easily. Miele plans to use CAVE to design some of the world’s best domestic appliances. CAVE creates a 3D virtual reality with which one can interact and play around with ideas. A user can look at the high-resolution projection with special glasses and a feeling or perception of reality is generated. Thus, products and components which don’t yet exist can be visualized and better understood. This different sort of communication results in a sea change in the way products are being designed and manufactured.