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Introduction to Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality

By David Spergel | BIM, Virtual Reality, Visualization

Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed-reality (MR) represent both disruption and an opportunity for people who make things. Using these technologies, you can transform 2D designs into interactive, immersive digital models, giving context to your digital information.

So how does AR, VR & MR work? When do you use these technologies? How are people using it, and what are the benefits?

Read this article to get an introduction to these technologies and find out how it is reshaping the world of design.

 

How does AR, VR, and MR work?

Augmented Reality

AR adds digital elements to the real world and projects them onto your line of sight. Using AR, workers can view an overlay of 3D models and project information at a job site.

Virtual Reality

VR replaces the real world with a simulated one in 3D. With VR, you can experience a simulation of a factory you’ve designed—with machines running—all before it’s built.

Mixed Reality

MR is a hybrid of virtual reality and augmented reality. Using MR, you can touch a real table and use it as an interface to manipulate a digital model.

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When do you use AR, VR & MR?

Conceptual Design

Designing in 3D helps you understand the overall scale, view how design changes in real-time, and experience your design as if it has already been built.

Design Review

Eliminate expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes from the design review process by visualizing at scale in 3D.

Training & Simulation

With VR, users can train in dangerous and complex environments, practicing their skills within the safety of a virtual world.

Immersive Storytelling

AR and VR can help you tell immersive and engaging stories about your design, product, or game. As you market your project, customers can give feedback in real-time.

Remote Systems Control and Analysis

With VR, you can remotely monitor, control, and analyze dangerous or inconveniently located systems from a safe environment.

 

How are people using AR & VR?

Big data and VR in architecture

Big data is transforming how architects design buildings, but the combined forces of big data and virtual reality will advance the architectural practice by leaps and bounds.

Five ways AR and VR improve reality

Recent technological advances, coupled with a proliferation of affordable hardware and software, have made immersive technologies like AR, VR, and MR more commercially feasible than ever.

Humans and machines unite in the workforce

Learn how the current trends in technology—including VR, AR, and MR—have the potential to create stronger connections between people and machines.

 

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What AR & VR tools do you need?

Enscape integrates seamlessly into your current design program from Revit to Rhinoceros, SketchUp, Archicad, and Vectorworks.

One-click starts Enscape; you are just seconds away from walking through your fully rendered project – no uploading to the cloud or exporting to a separate program. Any changes you make in your CAD program are instantly visible in Enscape.

Fast and Affordable Rendering in No Time
Enscape accelerates your workflows to lightning speeds, thanks to a real-time link and super-fast rendering times. Render in seconds, not hours.

No Training Required
The simplicity of Enscape has made it a favorite for many firms. Enscape doesn’t require any extra training; start it alongside your CAD program and create stunning renderings in a flash.

Efficient Collaboration
Make sure all of your designers are on the same page, especially when a client presentation is in the works. The live updates make it possible to incorporate and visualize client feedback instantly.

Explore your design in the compelling realism of virtual reality. Connect a VR headset like the Oculus Rift S or HTC Vive in a snap and get ready to walk or fly through your project.

With Enscape’s real-time technology, your project is visualized as a fully-rendered 3D walk-through, which can be navigated and explored from every angle, at any time of day.

 

Summary

More than just cool technologies, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) are changing how we design, create and experience everything.

For more information, please reach out to our visualization team at enscape@microsolresources.com.

 

INDUSTRIES: Architecture, Buildings, Civil Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, Construction, MEP Engineering, Structural Engineering

About the Author

David joined our team in 2017 as a 3D Printing Specialist, and quickly became an enthusiastic advocate for all of our solutions for the building industry. Passionate about everything tech, David can usually be found outside of work tinkering with machines, playing games, running a D&D campaign, or just hanging out with his cat

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