This was a proof of concept to use a 3D printed model to control and visualize a digital copy of the same model. Inside the 3D printed building there are hardware components containing things like a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a magnetometer to calculate the orientation of the physical model. The hardware and physical part were done by someone else. I, together with a colleague, were responsible for the digital part of this proof of concept.
In the video below you can see the interaction. In this video the physical building wasn’t initialized correctly, so there is an orientation difference between the physical and digital building. On the left side we show the real-time statistics about the physical building (the previously mentioned sensors). We also used sensors inside the actual real life building to gather data and visualize this in a simple heat-map on the digital model (these are the different colored circles). The goal was to create a “digital twin that can be used for visualization of data”.