Would You Use Vir­tual Re­al­ity to De­sign Your Dream Home?

Timber Home Living - - Architech, Design, & Engineers -

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.

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