Technological advances across the field continue to merge forming entirely new solutions for the corporate world. One of the latest cases of advanced technology forming a greater benefit is in the industrial internet of things space. Connecting virtual reality (VR), smart applications and IoT endpoints are transforming how designers create IIoT devices.

As the Forbes article linked to below states,

To facilitate better communication between the devices layer and the frontend layer, IoT platforms expose a digital replica of the device. It contains the same characteristics as the physical device. The digital replica or the digital twin presents the metadata along with the last reported state that includes the dynamic data points. Applications can confidently interact with the digital counterpart of the device which is always in sync with the state of the physical device.

This process is referred to as “digital twins.” By adding virtual reality to his process, companies can move towards creating 3D models of the IoT devices. The article continued,

These digital replicas represent a realistic view of the device assisting domain experts in designing accurate solutions. For example, an architect can wear a VR headset to explore an aircraft turbine physically located in a remote location. Since the twin is modeled around the physical device with the current state, it delivers rich, interactive experience.


Digital twins mixed with virtual reality can create an entirely new layer of device management especially for remote environments. Further proof that connecting new technological advances together can form new possibilities for the Internet of Things.

Also published on Medium.

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