iQ3Connect Product Release v2024.1

With iQ3Connect 2024.1, immersive (XR) training and collaboration has never been more accessible. Training experiences and collaborative workspaces can be joined from any VR, AR, PC, tablet, or mobile device. Instantly transition between classroom VR training and AR work instructions with the click of a button. Lead on-site AR design reviews with remote participants seamlessly joining by laptop or VR headset. And now that we support .JT files, bringing your 3D models into XR has never been simpler. Below are some additional details on the new features in iQ3Connect 2024.1. 

 

  • Augmented Reality – All capabilities of iQ3Connect are now fully supported in augmented reality, including tablet AR, optical/see-through AR, and passthrough AR. Seamlessly switch between 2D-mode and AR-mode (and even VR-mode with supported devices) and collaborate with other users in a 3D virtual environment. AR users can use controllers or take advantage of hand tracking and hand gestures to control and engage with the virtual environment. 

 

  • JT Integration – .JT files are now fully supported in iQ3Connect.

 

  • Device-Agnostic Text Positioning in Training Modules Displaying on-screen text in a training module has been drastically simplified and is automatically adapted for different end-user devices and screen sizes, ensuring that on screen text positioned in the upper right corner or bottom center during the authoring process, for example, will appear in that same position regardless of the end-user’s screen size. Additionally, text box behavior can be customized for immersive vs. flat screen end-users, ensuring an optimal experience for any device.

 

  • Enhanced Information Tag Control Information tags can now be controlled individually from the Model Tree in the 2D menu.

 

  • Clip Plane Object Outline (beta) To help users better differentiate between objects when using the clip plane feature, individual volumes can now be outlined during clip plan operations. As this feature is currently in beta, it is currently available under the Experimental Features menu > Clipping Outline.

Feature Spotlight: Augmented Reality

See how easy it easy to join a collaborative workspace or training experience in augmented reality.  On your AR device (or really any VR, AR, PC, tablet, or mobile device) open a web browser and navigate to:

 

iq3connect.com/xr

 

You can also join from your current device by clicking on one of the images below.

 

Note: the collaborative workspace example is an open, public, multi-user workspace. iQ3Connect makes regular attempts to reset the workspace content but cannot guarantee that the content will be in perfect order nor that all capabilities will be available if others users are active in the workspace.

Assembly Training Demonstration:

 

Collaborative Workspace Example: 

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.6

Immersive (XR) collaboration has never been easier with the release of iQ3Connect 2023.6. Performance improvements and device-specific usability updates ensure that all users, whether in a virtual classroom or immersive design review, have an engaging, reliable, and consistent experience using a VR or AR headset, PC, tablet, or mobile device. 360-degree images and videos are now fully supported. Below are some additional details on what’s new. 

 

  • Multiuser Collaboration with Mixed Devices (VR, AR, PC, tablet, mobile) – Performance improvements and device usability updates allow a larger number of users to simultaneously collaborate in virtual workspaces from different devices. iQ3Connect automatically adapts the collaborative environment to take advantage of device capabilities and limitations while maintaining a consistent end-user experience for all. For example, when entering AR-mode (in a HoloLens, MagicLeap2, or Tablet/Mobile), the virtual background will disappear for that user, ensuring unobstructed views to the physical space without affecting users on other devices.

 

  • 360 Image and Video Support – View and interact with 360-degree images and videos from any device, whether mobile, tablet, PC, or a VR or AR headset.  Create rich, interactive virtual environments, such as virtual tours or training, by combining multiple 360 images or videos with mark-ups, documents, 3D models and more.

 

  • iOS Device Usability – iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad are now fully supported for iQ3Connect workspaces, meetings, and training experiences. Enhancements to audio and video playback, support for 360-degree images and videos, and performance updates to view and interact with larger 3D models, have been implemented.

Feature Spotlight: 360 Image and Video Support

Check out this 360 Video Virtual Tour of the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. The content was obtained from NASA’s 360 Multimedia Collection. This virtual tour can be viewed directly in your web browser using any VR, AR, PC, tablet, or mobile device.

For easy access to the 360 Video Virtual Tour on a mobile device, scan the QR Code below. 

 

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.5

With the release of iQ3Connect v2023.5, creating XR content has never been simpler. Whether for 3D product reviews or XR training authoring, our one-click, automated 3D model-to-XR processing is now extensible and customizable, enabling our customers to incorporate their own formats and libraries. Moreover, users can now leverage their XR assets to seamlessly capture 360 images of the virtual environment for walkthroughs and training. v2023.5 also introduces an optional lobby/waiting room feature to improve meeting security and participant management. Below are some additional details on these revolutionary updates.

 

  • Extensible and Customizable CAD-to-XR Processing – We have created an SDK to enable 3rd parties to create and add their own 3D CAD processing to the iQ3Connect platform. The SDK provides our customers with valuable tools to incorporate their own proprietary formats or other commercially available libraries that are not supported in the production release of iQ3Connect. The SDK provides access to customize not only the model geometry but also  the metadata and model tree visible within iQ3Connect workspaces, improving integration to PLM and support for various business processes. The SDK is provided with example projects and documentation to enable rapid development.

  • Virtual 360 Image Capture – Users can save 360 images from within the iQ3Connect workspace centered at a user’s position. The 360 images are available as assets in the iQ3Connect Hub for reuse in various XR experiences such as interactive virtual walkthroughs, tours, and training. The 360 images provide for a lightweight XR experience, which has traditionally required physical hardware (ex. cameras and scanners) and access to facilities and equipment to create. With Virtual 360 Image Capture, these XR experiences can now be created using your digital twin data, eliminating repeat travel and site visits.

  • Workspace Lobby for Added Security and Participant Management – All multi-user workspaces and classrooms can now be optionally set up with a lobby/waiting room. This provides an additional layer of meeting security and management. When the lobby option is enabled, participants must first join the lobby with no access to other participants or 3D models. The Host of the workspace can admit/deny participants into the workspace and can even remove them back to the lobby (or out of the meeting entirely). This optional lobby capability can be turned on/off during the workspace creation process with the default on/off status and company branding/text customizable from the workspace settings.

Feature Spotlight: Rapid Immersive Training Creation

Check out this simple immersive training on the basic components of a centrifugal pump. It was created in under 2 hours from the original CAD data. This training is accessible from any AR, VR, PC, tablet, or mobile device.

For easy access to the Centrifugal Pump Training on a mobile device, scan the QR Code below. 

 

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.4

Create, deploy, and experience VR training (or AR training) with even greater simplicity with the release of iQ3Connect v2023.4. With this release, we have expanded the supported file types that can be used in a VR/AR training to include Point Clouds, whether used independently or in conjunction with CAD formats such as SolidWorks, NX, Creo, CATIA, STEP, GLB, OBJ, FBX, among many others. We’ve also dramatically reduced the time it takes to create 3D object animations and have greatly improved the usability of these immersive trainings (as well as the usability of the instant 3D collaborative workspaces) for mobile devices. Below are some additional details on these revolutionary updates.

  • XR Training and Experiences – Create 3D Object Animations in Seconds – We’ve drastically simplified the ability to animate 3D objects for virtual training and experience creation, reducing the time to author animations, such as for assembly or maintenance training, by over 90%. Visually set the object’s start and end positions, define an animation duration, and you’re done. More complex animations can be built up sequentially using this method, or, for our advanced users, by using our animation scripting.

  • XR Training and Experiences – Point Clouds – Now you can include Point Cloud data when creating XR Training and Experiences. Our proprietary rendering engine ensures points cloud, even with billions of points, can be visualized on any device. No need to simplify the data sets or reduce the number of points. Seamlessly showcase and explore point cloud models over the web, or combine point cloud data with 3D CAD for a blended experience. 

  • Mobile Device Usability – The unique size and capabilities of mobile devices have often prevented immersive experiences from being widely adopted within an organization. Many XR experiences need to be explicitly built for mobile, or more often, don’t support mobile devices. While iQ3Connect’s device-agnostic, web-based XR platform has always supported mobile devices, usability has not been optimal at times. However, with improvements in our mobile UI and underlying engine, mobile device usability has been dramatically improved. They can now be used seamlessly (whether in normal 2D mode or AR mode) in any web browser-based iQ3Connect Workspace, Training, or Experience.

Feature Spotlight: XR Training and Experiences – Point Clouds

Check out this iQ3Connect Immersive Experience of the Thorco Cloud Shipwreck. Underwater LiDAR scanning was used to capture the point cloud model of the Thorco Cloud. 2D plans were overlaid on the wreck data to provide as-built information, and a CAD model of a submersible was used to help visualize options and accessibility for a marine salvage operation to extract the fuel from the vessel. 

For easy access to the Thorco Cloud Immersive Experience on a mobile device, scan the QR Code below. 

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.3

iQ3Connect is reducing barriers to immersive collaboration and training for a global audience with its release of version 2023.3. The introduction of automatic language localization will allow users from anywhere in the world to seamlessly collaborate, train, and learn in their preferred language, while our simplified VR model creation and new lightweight XR workspaces will allow anyone to rapidly and easily use XR experiences for their everyday work, on any AR, VR, PC, or mobile device. Finally, we have streamlined the process for authoring virtual build sequences and assembly training with new virtual object tracking capabilities. Additional details on the major enhancements in 2023.3 can be found below: 

  • Automatic Language Localization– Reduce language barriers to facilitate collaboration and/or training with a global audience. iQ3Connect can now automatically detect a user’s language preference and will translate the iQ3Connect interface into the appropriate language. Each user in the Workspace, for example, will be able to see the VR Menu in their preferred language. 
  • Virtual Object Tracking for Training and Retrofit Operations – iQ3Connect has simplified the process of tracking object positions and distances in a virtual environment. Leverage this new capability to easily create virtual build and assembly training, automatically detecting when a trainee has properly assembled a component and can move to the next step and/or providing real-time feedback on errors. This capability can also be used to track clearances in real-time during virtual retrofit operations.
  • Simplified VR Model Creation– To further expand on capabilities added in 2023.2, which allowed users to easily create VR models by combining or segmenting models visually and/or by leveraging the model tree, we have added the ability to generate these new VR models while the user is in VR. Multiple models from different sources in the workspace can be combined into one integrated VR model or a subassembly can be easily isolated and saved as its own independent VR-ready model.
  • Instant, Lightweight XR Workspaces – Instantly view and interact with 3D models on any VR, AR, PC, or mobile device in our new lightweight XR workspace. These lightweight workspaces are designed to support rapid single user activities in iQ3Connect for quickly building immersive training modules and XR experiences and/or viewing and interacting with 3D models.

Feature Spotlight: Automatic Language Localization

Seamlessly collaborate and train with colleagues, partners, suppliers, etc. from anywhere in the world. iQ3Connect 2023.3 introduces new functionality that automatically detects a user’s language preference in the browser and translates the iQ3Connect interface into that language. By enabling users to use iQ3Connect in their native language, you can eliminate time spent on translation and interface interpretation, paving the way to more effective immersive training and collaboration and leading to enhanced productivity on a global scale.

A user in Japan has joined an iQ3Connect workspace with colleagues from the United States, this user’s menu is automatically translated to Japanese based on their browser’s language preference.

iQ3Connect Product Release v2023.2

With the release of 2023.2, iQ3Connect has introduced a new level of precision and control to object manipulation and interaction within a web-based virtual environment. These enhancements drastically reduce the time needed to create 3D scenes and make feasible additional use cases such as on-the-fly virtual builds and layouts. Some of the major enhancements are listed below. 

  • Precision Movement and Alignment – Gives users precise control over object movement, rotation, and alignment within the virtual space and with respect to other objects. Easily snap objects together with the proper alignment or a defined offset. 
  • Model Configuration – Save time and effort by combining, reducing and/or segmenting models and objects directly within the iQ3Connect Workspace. This latest enhancement reduces the back and forth between the XR environment and CAD or model editing tools (such as Blender) when needing to reorganize and reconfigure the 3D models from single or multiple data formats.
  • Point Cloud Measurement – Measurements of point clouds have been optimized to capture fast accurate measurements regardless of the point cloud density and size.

Feature Spotlight: Precision Movement and Alignment

Creating immersive scenes and conducting virtual builds, assembly, and layouts has never been easier. iQ3Connect 2023.2 introduces new functionality that gives users precise control over object movement, rotation, and alignment within the virtual space and with respect to other objects. Our customers have been using this functionality to virtually build cable rack configurations on-the-fly and for creating virtual assembly training. See this latest feature in action in this 2 minute video.

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