A novel virtual tele-immersive product evaluation environment is conceived. The components include a robust Virtual Reality (VR) hardware system, associated VR driving software, development tool for the tele-immersive virtual environment, networking software, user representation scheme and tools for developing 3D models and incorporating dynamic properties into the models. We have developed a model to allow users to collaboratively evaluate products using the CAVE™, Performer, CAVERN, CAVEActors, Pro/ENGINEER, and ADAMS software libraries.

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