PTC Reality Lab

We research the new, the uncharted, the possible next technologies

Valentin Heun

Valentin Heun is a VP of Innovation Engineering at PTC where he is leading the PTC Reality Lab. His research focuses on new computer interaction methods for the physical space. Valentin’s works have been published in many academic conferences such as Ubiquitous Computing, SIGGRAPH Asia, and Computer-Human Interaction conference.

His work was named by Fast Company as Boldest Ideas in User Interface Design, and has received global recognition, including the SIGGRAPH Asia Emerging Technologies Prize, awarded by Wired UK to the Smart List, and received the Editor’s Choice Award for IoT Software & Tools by PostScapes. Valentin holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science from the MIT Media Lab and the German Diplom in Design from the Bauhaus-University Weimar.

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Editing reality

In this research project, Augmented Reality is used to program machines right at the spot.

In this research project, Augmented Reality is used to program machines right at the spot.

Editing AR in space

A special programming demonstration for our One Reality research vision.

A special programming demonstration for our One Reality research vision.

AIR: A cross-domain interaction model for ubiquitous augmented reality applications

Bring 3D content from the browser to the 3D space and make it real by directly 3D printing them.

Bring 3D content from the browser to the 3D space and make it real by directly 3D printing them.

Kinetic AR

A new field of Augmented Reality research where we explore the programming of motion in physical space.

A new field of Augmented Reality research where we explore the programming of motion in physical space.