Would You Use Virtual Reality to Design Your Dream Home?
HTV Vive Virtual Reality Headset; vive.com/us
For years, architects have used programs like SketchUp, Rhino and other software to create three-dimensional renderings of home, viewable on a two-dimensional computer monitor. While these programs are certainly helpful for viewing how your future home will look and feel, they typically look upon a space from a fixed position and the scale can often be hard to interpret. Soon, virtual reality may be able to help.
Virtual headsets display “stereoscopic images,” which are pairs of images captured approximately eye-width apart. When viewed together, these image pairs replicate how our brain perceives depth, creating a crisp, single image with a 3D effect. Just like a virtual video game, nature tour or movie, virtual reality for home design would allow you to walk through your plan, actually experiencing how the finished home will look, feel and flow, right down to the finishing materials. This will allow homeowners to better finalize their plans with their architects, while builders and design professionals will be able to review each other’s work before breaking ground, hopefully eliminating any hang-ups down the road.