Did you know that VR (Virtual Reality) has been around since the 1960s? Back in the day, it consisted of a giant machine called The Sensorama, which users would sit inside to experience flashing lights, surround sound, and even a vibrating chair. Jinkies. Sadly for The Sensorama, people just weren’t into the concept so it never made it past prototype stage.
How things have changed.
Now VR is everywhere, in our homes, and even in our pockets. So we started asking ourselves: how can VR be used within the architecture industry? It’s no secret we love new tech - we are the world’s first online architectural service - so were keen to try and find the answer.
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We realised VR is about five things:
- Immersing the user
- Invoking emotions
- Creating new worlds
- Having fun
Looking at that list now, it feels obvious that VR is a natural fit for design and planning. After all, we want our clients to connect with their project. To actually see the fruits of their labour and feel a sense of home.
One of our favourite things to provide customers is a 3D model. We love these models because, much like VR, they allows clients to move freely around their newly designed property. Transport them to their future home. Our brilliant tech team quickly worked out how to convert these designs into a VR experience.
Now for the last week our office has been obsessed with our new Destek headset. We’ve ventured through an open-plan side return, zoomed through a basement extension, and one member of our team experienced some motion sickness while twirling in a two-story rear extension in Berkshire.
Our new VR demonstrations will be hitting the road, as we travel to exhibitions across the UK, such as Grand Designs Live - the UK’s leading self-build and home improvement event. Visitors to these home shows can try a VR property tour by visiting our booth, where headsets are manned by our team of experts, ready to answer any of your questions. It’s our hope that within a sea of architect firms, ours will be the one to capture your imagination.
If not, we can always see if The Sensorama is available to rent for the next exhibition.
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