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    Back to the drawing board?

    Looking at the videos and articles about the new Microsoft Surface PC and wondering if the day is coming that I'll be back to standing in front of a drafting table, but that "table" will be a 60" touch screen with a stylus to draw with. Standing desks have been a thing for a while now. Then again maybe we'll all be standing in a cube with a VR headset on pointing off into space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Ferrell View Post
    Looking at the videos and articles about the new Microsoft Surface PC and wondering if the day is coming that I'll be back to standing in front of a drafting table, but that "table" will be a 60" touch screen with a stylus to draw with. Standing desks have been a thing for a while now. Then again maybe we'll all be standing in a cube with a VR headset on pointing off into space.
    Sure, I think so. I don't think it'll be verbatim the way we did things on the drafting board, but it'll be more "tech"-ish. My imagination says maybe 3D VR type stuff for authoring, and interactive "table" for a combo of documentation/3D visuals that pop up from the documentation, and the more you pinch/zoom, the more dimensions and tags start appearing as the scale gets finer (like Google Maps as you zoom in, more city names and stuff appear).

    I don't know, I do know that while my old-timey non-intuitive self thinks we'll be at desktops and monitors on desks for the next several decades, my realistic self tells me that's just not true. It'll transform sooner than we think. I can't imagine the amount of self-denial that was present during the late 70s into the 80s when AutoCAD was able to be installed on a non-mainframe computer. If you worked in Dallas, you could hear the scoffs from New York I bet. And twenty years later, no more hand drafting. Maybe vestigially, but as a whole, no more.

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    I could see some form of technology making modeling "more like" original drafting... But im not sold that we will be "spending the main portion of our days in an AR/VR world, modeling with hand gestures and the like."

    If we are, the medical community is going to have a field day. We will be trading carpal tunnel (sp?) for all sorts of aggrivated shoulder and rotator cuff (sp?) injuries. Movies like Minority Report are cute, because they only show someone working like that for 3 minutes at a time. Ever take an 8 hour long yoga class? Thats why working in VR all day would be like.

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    Have you seen the SciFi anthology Black Mirror? (it's on Netflix).

    A character who is a graphics designer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VBKn0g8hfI

    Looked really cool. Could definitely see that being in our future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    Ever take an 8 hour long yoga class? Thats why working in VR all day would be like.
    Lol.... this made me giggle. So true!

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    Exactly. I could see something like that, for sure. Which is why im REALLY intrigued by the new Surface Studio, or whatever they call it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
    If we are, the medical community is going to have a field day. We will be trading carpal tunnel (sp?) for all sorts of aggrivated shoulder and rotator cuff (sp?) injuries. Movies like Minority Report are cute, because they only show someone working like that for 3 minutes at a time. Ever take an 8 hour long yoga class? Thats why working in VR all day would be like.
    You mean like how guys that install the stuff work?

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    No. They dont hold their arms out straight, for 8 hours a day, like in the movie i was referencing.

    But yeah, since you went there: You cant say that a lot of people who do hard labor on construction sites dont end up with nasty injuries, and stiffness/soreness as they get older, can you? I dont think that should be the benchmark of "success" for how we work, for a living. I mean, we development machinery to surpass the limits of the human body. Now were (half heartedly) joking about wanting to make people do more physically demanding work, just as a UX/UI initiative? Thats silly.

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    I think I'd be down with an interactive VR type scenario. Personally, I feel worse physically since I left the trade. The opportunity to get up and "virtually install" my MEP systems would be pretty danged cool. For those that have fabricated and installed the systems that they now point-and-click to create, the chance to once again shape, form, and "install" the system components would be quite exciting.

    It may not go full circle as I jokingly suggested above, but some physical interaction with design could yield some awesome benefits (both to the designer's health and the quality of the design).
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    Quote Originally Posted by thetragicjoy View Post
    Have you seen the SciFi anthology Black Mirror? (it's on Netflix).

    A character who is a graphics designer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VBKn0g8hfI

    Looked really cool. Could definitely see that being in our future.
    I have not seen that show yet, but that clip shows exactly the kind of thing I was thinking about. A large touch screen "table" that you could sit or stand at to work.

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