Digital twin technology is central to the concept of a software-first business model. A virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object or process, digital twins are an exciting concept that's sparking innovation across industries. Here, Forbes shares some of the coolest applications to date.
The digital twin is an exciting concept and undoubtedly one of the hottest tech trends right now. It fuses ideas including artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), metaverse, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to create digital models of real-world objects, systems, or processes. These models can then be used to tweak and adjust variables to study the effect on whatever is being twinned – at a fraction of the cost of carrying out experiments in the real world.
Businesses around the globe are looking to deploy Digital Twins across a broad range of applications, ranging from engineering design of complex equipment and 3D immersive environments to precision medicine and digital agriculture. However, to date, applications have been highly customized and only accessible for high value use-cases, such as the operations of jet engines, industrial facilities and power plants. Now leading technology companies like AWS are working hard to lower the costs and simplify the deployment of this technology, with AWS IoT TwinMaker, making it easier and more accessible for all kinds and sizes of companies to build their own Digital Twins.