Virtual Reality: Coming to an Architecture Office Near You
With an entry cost of less than $20 (for anyone who owns a smartphone), Google Cardboard could be the technology that gets people experimenting with virtual reality. Image Google via the Google Cardboard WebsiteVirtual Reality. Its an old term, even an old technology, but it carries new weight and its coming to architecture, soon.
As a designer at smdpstudio and as an architectural photographer, this ability to virtually experience space is very attractive. The simple yet elegant technology gives the viewer – as we refer to it at smdpstudio – free will. You can choose where to look, and linger where you like. You are in the space and you yourself are to scale. Its absolutely not the same as panning and orbiting while looking at your computer screen. Describing the experience is difficult for the same reason that its wonderful: its personal and almost tactile.