INVESTIGATION ON THE USE OF ILLUMINATED CLAY IN AUTOMOTIVE STYLING
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Recent advances in mixed reality systems show a great potential for design, in particular projection-based augmented reality. This article documents an explorative study that was carried out to investigate functional and technical requirements of augmented prototyping in automotive design. A clay model of a car (1:5) was scanned and then a simple video projector system was used to illuminate the car. The system was evaluated by automotive design students and teachers. Initial reactions were positive, although the envisaged application did not match their demands. Furthermore, a series of technical challenges should be faced before this approach can be widely applied.