What Virtual Reality Could Do For Home Builders

As virtual reality technology moves from being pure theory from a futuristic world to being used to improve daily work and play, some fields stand to benefit in particular. Oculus Rift is a headset offering a 360 degree view of an interactive virtual world. The Virtuix Omni takes it one step forward and lets the user move body parts with what they are seeing. Microsoft HoloLens allows augmentation of images in addition to new options for viewing workspaces remotely in a variety of ways in conjunction with the forthcoming Windows 10. While it is true that this is not yet part of daily business, new ways of getting the job done and playing games are right around the corner.

Design and Home Building

One of the ways Microsoft HoloLens facilitates better working conditions is by allowing, for example, participants in an online conversation to view what the others are working on, from their perspective. They can collaborate on design and easily follow what the other means while looking at virtual blueprints for building projects together.

Technology Connected with Oculus Rift Facilitates Better Building 

Arch Virtual builds three dimensional virtual reality simulation of architectural projects, including for home building, in conjunction with Oculus Rift Virtual Reality lens.

What this implies for home building:

  • Buyers can better visualize their future homes using three dimensional simulation
  • Buyers can take virtual tours of their potential homes.
  • Investors can tour proposed housing building projects and make suggestions for improvements based on what they see.
  • Facilitates architect/buyer relationships by allowing customers to experience more realistically what they are paying for, by letting them see blueprints on terms more appropriate for non-architects.
  • Customers can create drafts for their “dream homes”, thus having the ability to have more personally “customized” homes.

The Potential for Self-Designed Homes

The market for building houses could become more lucrative and a lot more fun with the new technology. Architects can put together choices displayed visually and digitally for customers to look at and choose between. Features were always something customers could pick out, but this way it could become a lot more comprehensive and simple. Virtual reality can make things that were previously difficult to understand more accessible by providing three-dimensional models that non-architects can tour.

Communication is Facilitated

Communication between builders and planners can also be made simpler. Planners can create models, make them three-dimensional and then communicate this via 3d tours on a virtual reality lens and corresponding software. Materials and costs can also be tracked more accurately this way, with less waste. This is great news for investors, buyers and contractors alike. Resource allocation and budget planning can be made more stream-lined in the future, allowing optimized projects and planning.

The Future is 3D

As new technology like Oculus Rift become common use, more and more uses will reveal themselves. Now is the time for investors and professionals to educate themselves on the features of new products and software to put into practice for building, planning, and more.