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In very simple words... What is a digital twin ?
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@douglassmeyers not sure where the "digital twin" name came from but @dansmigrod is referring to the alternative media that is required to make a virtual tour ADA compliant.

“WCAG 2.0 guidelines 1.2 for time-based media: providing alternatives for time-based media”. This includes “audio and/or video combined with interaction”.

I have some real life examples on my blog post -> https://barnescreativestudios.com/ada-compliant-virtual-tours/
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Digital Twin = Matterport 3D Tour

From the WGAN Forum discussion (below)

Will you say Matterport Digital Twin going forward; or Matterport 3D Tour?

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Screen Grabs courtesy of Matterport Website. (Highlighting of Digital Twin by Dan Smigrod)

Will you say Matterport Digital Twin going forward; or Matterport 3D Tour?

Hi All,

I noticed in December 2019, that Matterport has started saying Matterport Digital Twin instead of Matterport 3D Tour in its press releases.

I like it. Going forward, I will also say Matterport Digital Twin instead of Matterport 3D Tour.

Even before I got started with Matterport (July 2014), I was shooting 360ºs with my DSLR to create virtual tours. As many of us are (painfully) aware, the generic term, Virtual Tours, has been used to describe:

✓ slide shows with music
✓ a single 360º photo sphere
✓ a tour of 360ºs photos
✓ a 3D Tour
✓ Virtual Reality
✓ VR

And, even before there was virtual reality, the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA) used the term Virtual Reality to describe 360ºs photos.

Plus Matterport tried True3D to try to differentiate itself.

No wonder that we are all confused about what to call a Matterport (intentionally and incorrectly used as a noun).

If we are confused, imagine our clients!

Clearly a Matterport is different than a slide show with music or a tour of 360º photos.

Enter Digital Twin.

I recall hearing the term Digital Twin for the first time at a SPAR3D conference a few years ago for what we all think of Matterport, Cupix, iGuide and other 3D (or Digital Twin solutions). I liked it then and I like it now because Digital Twin is descriptive and sufficiently separates itself from slides shows with music and 360º tours.

"A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity," according to Wikipedia, siting an April 2018 IEEE Multimedia story titled, "Digital Twins: The Convergence of Multimedia Technologies" that says the term as been used since the early 2000s.

"... digital twins are being redefined as digital replications of living as well as nonliving entities that enable data to be seamlessly transmitted between the physical and virtual worlds. Digital twins facilitate the means to monitor, understand, and optimize the functions of all physical entities and for humans provide continuous feedback to improve quality of life and well-being," says the IEEE story.

Given that Matterport thrives in the AEC space, it makes sense to refer to a Matterport as a Digital Twin. The added benefit of using the term, Digital Twin, in other verticals is that Digital Twin is both descriptive and helps Matterport separate itself from solutions that clearly are not digital twins.

What are your thoughts? Will you switch to saying Matterport Digital Twin or stick with Matterport 3D Tour or Matterport Tour or Matterport 3D Showcase Tour?

Best,

Dan
Chief Photographer and Digital Twin Creator
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Screen Grab from a Matterport Media Release (12 December 2019). Highlight of Digital Twin by Dan Smigrod
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@dansmigrod interesting! I never heard that one before hearing you say it. I thought you were referring to the alternative media which could easily be a "digital twin".
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A Digital Twin could be many things. For example:

✓ Matterport Digital Twin
✓ iGuide Digital Twin
✓ GeoCV Digital Twin
✓ LiDAR Digital Twin
✓ "As-Built" Digital Twin
✓ ADA Compliant Digital Twin

I first heard the terms years ago at the SPAR3 Expo and Conference.

I like Digital Twin because it differentiates from a slide show with music which is often referred to as a virtual tour.

Digital Twin helps take it out of that murky description.

Dan
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Right now I wouldn't use the term Digital Twin. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, most people searching Google for 3D Tours are not searching for digital twin. I like the way it sounds, but I'm sticking with 3D Tour for now.
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Digital twin is a good idea since the majority of people do not know the difference between a virtual tour and a virtual tour. See, you don't either.

The old style photographs on a slideshow are still considered to be "virtual tours" by the majority. So when we say that we shoot a virtual tour for them, they think we are creating the slideshow, and just say no.
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