Beyond Media and Entertainment: How AR & VR are changing design

| August 16, 2017

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Our customers tell us immersive experiences will help them perceive their designs as though they’re physically present: allowing creators and consumers to better predict and make more informed decisions about space and artistry. Tomorrow's designers, makers, and artists will simply work with their CG data through AR and VR to get the job done better and faster. As a world leader in 3D design software and deep knowledge of Media & Entertainment, Autodesk, is in a unique position to leverage new creative immersive technologies to build tools that will usher in the Future of Making Things.

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