Virtual Reality: A Transformation in Property Viewing... How do we create a future in the present? How can we gain perception with emotion, space and feeling in a property that does not exist?
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What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality gives a sense of presence, evoking the senses inside the brain of what appears to be real but is made of reconstructive 3D environments and situations in which the user interacts with. It uses a headset to fully enclose the eyes to be fully immersed into these environments.
Type of VR Headsets
Here are range of different VR headsets you can get on the market:
High-end VR comes in the form of tethered headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, requiring both a powerful PC and large area in which to use them. What you’ll get with this is the most immersive experience money can buy.
Mid-range VR is a popular option and a great example of this is the Samsung Gear headset. Unlike the Vive and Rift which run off powerful PCs, the Samsung Gear runs off your Samsung smartphone – making it a cheaper and more portable option. You can also use these within a small space since your movement isn’t tracked via motion sensors.
Low-range VR, like the Google Cardboard, is a final option and one that’s attractive due to its low cost, portability and compatibility with a wide range of smartphones.
Why do I need VR?
If you are marketing an expensive property, you want to give the best chance your customers a view of what they are buying; what property look like or will look like after construction, with all the trimmings, colours, the feel as they enter the different parts of the building.
For designers, VR can be a practical tool to gain insight into a building interior, such as the layout of the walls and floors, spatial feel, natural and artificial lightening, and any customisation the client requires can be made inside the building, with the customer making the choices of their style and preferences.
For off-plan developments it is the best viewing possible without construction taking place. It allows clients to walk through their proposed development and get to purchasing decision quicker.
Finally, it can be used for training on emergency evacuation procedures-what to do if there was a fire-what are the escape routes, what procedure should I follow, what should be the protocol if there was a security breach.
Who’s Using VR Training?
Major global brands like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Sony are investing heavily in VR and the rate of VR adoption in company training programmes is on the rise. In 2017, alone, VR Learning Studio (VRLS) developed VR solutions for numerous companies: the BBC, Channel 4, Deloitte, British Gas, Roche, GKR Scaffolding – to name but a few. The wind of change is blowing and more and more companies are keen to become part of this technology transformation.
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