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A digital twin is a virtual model of a real physical product. By combining Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) , the Internet of Things (IoT), and simulation it becomes cost effective to implement a digital twin of a complex product. Examples of such products are an airplane, ship, power plant, etc. The pairing of the physical model with the virtual model allows for better conceptual design, efficient manufacturing, and effective operations with minimal or no downtime. After construction and deployment the main goal is to operate, maintain, and repair the product without necessarily being in the vicinity of the product. This is where virtual and augmented reality can be applied to visualize the virtual product combined with data from the IoT. In the near future Digital Twins will be the norm for covering the entire life cycle of a product. A digital twin prototype is being developed and evaluated in the Lockheed Martin Surface Navy Innovation Center (SNIC).
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