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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: ipad application: 3D instructions
Ann R. Thryft   3/6/2012 4:38:00 PM
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What a great idea that will vastly improve instruction manuals, especially for fixing or changing large, complex machines like cars, and for assembly instructions of large and small machines. Thanks, Beth. 


Beth Stackpole
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Re: ipad application: 3D instructions
Beth Stackpole   3/6/2012 7:39:05 AM
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@WilliamK: While I have to agree poorly written product directions translated to another platform are just another set of poorly written product directions, I think we're missing the bigger picture here. The idea is substituting the poorly written text, which is often translated from foreign text and done horribly at best, with highly graphical visual elements, frequently animated instructions. Remember the saying, a picture is worth a thousands words. It might make things far clearer if you could see an exploded image of the parts, with animations that depict how things actually fit together.

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ipad application: 3D instructions
William K.   3/5/2012 9:09:08 PM
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It may be harder to lose online instructions, but it would be a challnge to find them 2 or 3 years from now, even if they were saved on the ipad. Not to mention the number of times that I have accidentally dropped instructions. Dropping an ipad can be costly. 

I do agree that poorly written instructions are a large source of customer frustration, but it is not clear how poorly written 3d animated instructions will be any better. To the contrary, those instructions will be more expensive to correct, so revisions will probably not happen. There is no substitute for accuracy and completeness in instructions. 

Of course the "cool" factor will sella lot of products, but once again, slick production gimmicks are no substitute for being correct and complete. Of course, it is a nice way to provide "product differentiation" as a substitute for that more expensive "product quality" that is so very rare these days.

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Re: Partnering with technical world
lgrant   3/1/2012 1:05:23 PM
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Yes, Lego is really on the ball about partnering with industry.  I think one masterful partnership is their one with CopaData.  CopaData offers a free "zenon Science Pack", which includes a version of their soft PLC and HMI/SCADA software that works with Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. 

So not only do people get to have a lot of fun controlling their Mindstorms projects, but they get to see the software in action, and work with it much more closely than one could in a class or demo, before deciding whether they want to use it to run their plants.

More details are here: http://www.copadata.com/index.php?id=1838

And no, I'm not shilling for CopaData.  I just thought this was such a brilliant partnership that I had to mention it.

Lynn

 

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Re: Great instructions idea
Rob Spiegel   3/1/2012 10:30:32 AM
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That makes sense, Beth. The iPad tie-in also makes sense, especially when it comes to the maintenance and repair of any system, factory or aircraft. The iPad is a portability improvement over the laptop. In plants, maintenance folks like the iPad because they don't have to balance it on their knee like a laptop when they're out looking at the line.

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Use 3D animation for assembly instructions
Gord.Davison   3/1/2012 9:56:09 AM
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I can see a fantastic use for this as assembly instructions. I have had to read (and write) many assembly instructions both for home and work and trying to read a document that has been translated from German to Mandarin then to English, well you get the picture. If the assembly instructions are put on the web using visualization software that you could read with your iPad or any smart device then this would make assembly so much easier plus reduce the amount of translation required.

During assembly you could run the sequence then pause it any time while you catch up with the video then run it again. If there are options then you could interactively drag in those options and the sequence would be modified to suite. Also if you have pieces that need to be manipulated into place, perhaps ones that may have collisions with other parts one could do this on the screen to see how to orient them.

 

 I think it is a wonderful idea.

 


Beth Stackpole
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Re: Partnering with technical world
Beth Stackpole   3/1/2012 6:48:33 AM
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It's a smart pairing. Grab the kids and get their parents at the same time. Also does a lot to expose future generations of scientists, builders, and engineers to the tools that will help them do their jobs.

Charles Murray
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Partnering with technical world
Charles Murray   2/29/2012 11:03:19 PM
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It's interesting to see how Lego has partnered with the technical world. Lego has also partnered with National Instruments, using the LabView graphical programming langaue in its Mindstorms set.

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Good for Lego
naperlou   2/29/2012 9:43:07 PM
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I have also assembled Lego's for a long time with my kids.  Some of the bigger kits can be more challenging.  My sons and I have also used some of the robotics technology and some of the designer software.  This seems to be a big step forward from that.

Tim
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Re: Great instructions idea
Tim   2/29/2012 6:45:02 PM
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If the instructions are on-line, you can not lose them. I would pay a premium for my next piece of composite furniture to have 3D documentation with a comprehensive parts list

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