We are living in great times, people! Great technological times that is*. I have been dreaming about this futuristic scenario as an architecture student (we even had a class about it back then- which actually makes me laugh right now :D). Are you familiar with the term VR? Virtual reality is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user's physical presence and environment to allow for user interaction (Wikipedia). In other words, wear those tech goggles and dive into the 3d world, baby ^^
Being able to walk inside a 3d designed space is happening for real. It is the present and I can’t be more excited about it! Not the high-tech, overly expensive and experimental stuff, I’m talking about the $17 cardboard and phone situation. A reality that almost anyone can now experience.
So, as you can tell, I am mostly intrigued by this leap of technology as it instantly affects my work. It is such a great deal for a designer to be able to see in ‘real life’ their creation, move around and decorate on the go, but it is even more important as a tool to help the client depict the proposal for their space. I know from experience how hard it is for some people to literally visualise a 3d environment with all the new data a designer provides. A moodboard kind of gives an idea. A 3d visualisation (like the photos in this post) is the next best thing as it feels like projecting yourself into the future and seeing photos of the after situation. But, wearing those goggles and, actually wander around your ‘new’ home? Well, couldn’t get more straightforward than that.
The reason I’m overly excited right now is that I am already able to try out this new technology through the e-design company I’m working with, Decorilla. Decorilla is the first interior design company to ever launch this kind of service in partnership with AR Pandora. Simply, you can download the app (android here) on your phone or tablet and see your future home in VR or AR (augmented reality is similar to virtual reality only you don't use goggles).
“Given how affordable Google Cardboard is, and the national launch of marquee products like Facebook's Oculus Rift and Samsung’s VR headsets, it was a logical step to provide clients with an immersive experience of their new space,” said Josh van Aalst, Co-founder and Head Strategy at Decorilla.
Check out this video from CBS Live to get an idea of how this service works (and how awesome it is to experience). Quoting Christine Martin, Decorilla interior designer,
“People frequently purchase furniture by themselves, but all too often, are not happy with the results. Decorilla will solve this by offering clients the virtual reality app to view their designs, even before they have been executed. We are making one of life’s pleasures - a nicely designed interior - more easy to attain”
If you are on the lookout for a high quality and affordable interior design service (wherever in the world you live in!) and are more than eager to see how your space will look like with the proposed design then do visit Decorilla for a quote (you can mention my name/blog in the design questionnaire if you want me to propose a concept for your space ;)
P.s. The images in this posts are 3d visualisations of an eclectic minimalistic dining room project I have been working on.
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*I feel this sounds a bit shallow to say when basic rights like freedom and equal rights are still a topic of debate instead of something to go without saying, but this blog is to celebrate the good and the creative in the design world so here it goes.