5 Benefits of Using Virtual Reality
Considering the rate of adoption and integration into many industries, Virtual Reality (VR) is here to stay. This is the just the beginning of the possibilities that come with this technology. VR has opened many opportunities in Architecture, and it is already improving the Design process with the main benefits described below.
TRUE SENSE OF SCALE AND SPATIAL AWARENESS
Traditional 3D Renderings can be extremely advanced and photorealistic, but they only show one view from one perspective. When a user sees a space in Virtual Reality, it is automatically scaled to their height. While moving about in VR, they can experience it all; go through doors and elevators, and interact with objects within the space. It is a visceral experience controlled by natural movements such as looking and walking. Many clients who do not understand plans, 3D models or how spaces fit together will find VR very useful in approving designs.
ELIMINATE ROUNDS OF DESIGN CHANGES
A design doesn’t have to be completely finished to be put in VR software. Even in the conceptual stage, a designer can use their model in VR to see how spaces relate to each other. The client will be able to get the truest sense of what their building will look like, hopefully eliminating revisions throughout the design process when they realize their choices weren’t exactly what they thought.
COMPETITIVE EDGE FOR WINNING BIDS
VR is still cutting-edge and has the “wow” factor when a user puts on a headset like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Since 3D renderings are widely used for winning projects in the bid process, a design can really stand out with using a more complex visualization like an animation or VR navigation.
AN EASY WAY TO SHARE YOUR DESIGN
While the most advanced VR headsets on the market are expensive, there are more affordable versions that are portable and very easy to setup and use. Google Cardboards can be purchased from Amazon for around $15 along with sturdier plastic versions in many colors and styles. With these headsets VR can be seen through a smartphone and an app, making the experience incredibly accessible.
171 million people are predicted to be using VR hardware and software worldwide by 2018. It is disrupting many industries, from medicine to marketing to entertainment. Architecture, Design and Construction is following the trend. Don’t get left behind!