On January 31st the Smart Space Matchmaking lunch took place in Fellbach, near Stuttgart. For this event Smart Space had a partnership with the two well-known clusters “microtec Suedwest”, an initiative which deals with cyber physical systems and “Virtual Dimension Center Fellbach” a cluster for companies which work with AR, VR and MR technology.

The event brought together innovative digital companies, which deal with innovative virtual and augmented reality applications as well as traditional companies, which are interested in new technology solutions. To introduce the topic three experts introduced the technology and different use cases. During interactive lunch break, the participants had the possibility to try out different VR, AR and MR hardware with appropriate software. In the afternoon, they used the innovation method “design thinking” to evaluate problems that appear during the application of VR/AR technology within SMEs.

Some of the results could be solved very easily: the participants wanted to increase the contact between SMEs and technology providers. Therefore, “VDC Fellbach” founded an online community to create a platform for further discussions and projects. The other results will influence the further activities of VDC and Microtec Suedwest for upcoming workshops. Their goal is to develop ideas around how VR, AR and MR can be implemented in SME and how to transfer these ideas efficiently to the industry.