Our lives are filled with instructions – from how to connect to the WiFi to enabling our car’s sunroof to close when it senses rain, from learning to cook the world’s best upma in under 30 seconds to refrigeration techniques for Nagpur oranges, and from schools to places of worship. Humanity needs instructions on everything. Instructions are as elaborate, and as long-form as possible. I can go on a rant that’s 10-pages long highlighting the need for change, but I refuse to elaborate, it’s time to summarise with richer content. Interactive content is the way forward, but the transition into 3D interactive guides is clearly the point of frustration. Why is the transition to 3D frustrating? In large part due to the lack of access to the 3D models that forces people compensate for the lack of visuals with more words. If I’m unable to include the interactive 3D below
I will go through the process of explaining the clouds, the interactions, the art inside the 3D experience, etc. and it takes a good 100-150 words to do justice. The lack of access makes the task of knowledge sharing uninteresting. The trend of making 3D content accessible, or creating 3D scans using LiDAR devices is becoming mainstream today and solving the accessibility issue. This is followed by transitioning current information from long-form text to 3D, and leads to a natural shift of people away from into 3D processes from long-form texts. And the easiest approach to shifting people away from long-form text and toward 3D is to convert long-form manuals into 3D with a single click. The gold standard (we are working to get here) is a full-scan through the full manual, precisely split sections, selects each portion of the material, locates the 3D model, processes the instruction, and produces the workflows in 3D automatically. With interactive manuals, clients will remotely control/manage their assets using portable smartphones of today or engaging with 3D models on wearable glasses of tomorrow. Furthermore, as we collect maintenance data from the field (not just sensor information, but also technician inputs), the combination of visual+3D knowledge is instantly disseminated worldwide in real-time. Newer models are developed in response to feedback from field teams, which is then fed back to the design team. As new products are released, the whole experience from design to deployment-and life cycle management-aspires to a new 3D-first interface for better comprehension and faster dissemination.