The betterment of human life had always revolves around new discoveries through the advancement of technology. One of it being spatial computing. This post aims to provide the basic understanding on spatial computing.
What is spatial computing?
At the core, spatial computing is an umbrella term of concept that covers various technologies. According to Simon Greenwold, in his research, spatial computing can be defined as the interaction between human and machine where the machine retains and manipulates referents to real objects and spaces. In an article by Sashi Shekhar, Steven K.Feiner and Walid G. Aref, spatial computing is encompasses of ideas, solutions, tools and technologies and system that create new understanding of locations the way we know, communicate and visualise our relationship to locations as well as the way we navigate through them.
How does spatial computing work?
Basically, spatial computing are the integration of traditional computing which involves data and logic with 3D location that create user interface. Spatial computing is closely associated with visual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) as it is built based on the same concept called the concept of digital twins. Thus, through this concept, spatial computing obtains data from the sensors installed in the system and provides insight about performance and potential matters.
Spatial computing in our daily life
While spatial computing is one complicated term, we had been using its application in our every day life. Spatial computing is widely used in various field which include transportation, manufacturing, telecommunication and even healthcare. Believe it or not, our devices are are also a part of spatial computing technology. For instance, the use of ride-sharing apps that helps you move around the city and Global Positioning System (GPS) to gain real locations of either ours or others places.
Development of technology that happens at a rapid pace undeniably creates extensive benefits to organisations and society. Therefore, it is important to understand the use and need of every technology being introduced so that their benefit can be properly leveraged.
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