from the stream of new headgear and popular apps to their dominance on the convention floor at CES 2017, but despite all of this excitement there were still plenty of questions about how this tech will make it into the hands of the average consumer.
Which is why we need to talk about CAD (Computer Aided Design), 3D rendering and how they will change socializing in virtual reality.
3D technology offers so much possibility it is near impossible to know for sure what applications will take hold first- many have pointed to gaming, but what is surprising is how applications in healthcare, commerce, and architecture are developing alongside gaming, not behind it.
One of its most compelling applications is what CAD 3D rendering brings to industries that sell something before the buyers get to experience it for themselves. Architects or online retailers, for instance, often struggle to convey what their finished product will look and feel like before the buyer has already invested.
So this is where CAD is really awesome. Imagine you are an architect entering a digital space through your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR, or even through a projection onto the real world via an augmented reality app. In that space, you can create to-scale models of what you are building for your customer. Your customer can now examine what they are buying through a dynamic, to scale and essentially operational (in virtual space) 3D model.
For example, Scottish architect David Burgher created his own VR tool that helps architects design spaces to be more friendly to people suffering from dementia. By having them look through the eyes of someone with dementia, who sees the world in a “much hazier way”, the architects can alter their designs to reduce anxiety and allow a safer and more independent life, without having to spend more money.
This use of CAD highlights one of VR’s most praised uses, an empathy machine while giving users a better understanding of their customers’ needs, which is good for businesses big and small.
Some VR companies have already utilized this piece of 3D technology for more common applications, including for folks moving into a new apartment. With certain platforms, users can map out where their furniture will go before the move. Others are even more immersive, allowing users to map an environment, move objects within it and even walk around their VR creation.
Even cooler, this is not just a one-way street. CAD 3D renderings in virtual space permit unlimited editing of a product by both the service provider and customer.
Say you are looking for a new bespoke wardrobe, or are planning a personal project for your home, CAD lets you come up with the product designed specifically to your needs, and then send it directly to a manufacturer.
When it comes to bringing the best of 3D to the average consumer, CAD 3D is a big step to keeping the technology cheap and practical, while utilizing the creative freedom it makes possible for architects and renters alike.