Are VR and AR the future of design?

Pokemon Go was just a fad. A flash in the pan. A brief – and potentially nightmarish –  summer of zombified hordes taking to the streets in packs to scour the streets and parks and cemeteries and off-limits government buildings for Mew-Two’s.

But the technology behind Pokemon Go is here to stay. Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR, respectively) have the potential to radically change the way we think about physical design. And that makes them extremely valuable.

What will the future hold?

Let’s think about physical design in terms of architecture and interior design. How will AR and VR impact these spaces?

The most obvious answer is: virtual and/or augmented spaces are a great way to visualize proposed projects and improve them in real time.

What if you’re an architect trying to sell that floor plan to a potential client? With VR you can (almost literally) walk them through it.

There are already applications that can do this kind of thing. Take Fuzor, which allows you to put on a VR headset and dive right into your architectural design. You can even make tweaks while you’re in the VR universe. Check out this list of 50 VR technologies that exist today for architects and engineers.

What if you’re an interior designer trying to have your client visualize how that great couch will look in their living room? Hold up a smartphone that will (almost literally) put the couch in place. IKEA started offering an AR-enabled furniture catalogue as long ago as 2014. You can view how certain pieces of furniture will look right on your iPad – in real time.

iStaging is another app that’s great for interior designers. You can visualize an entire house remodeling without changing physical reality. Think of the cost savings! And how much easier it is to sell clients on your great design idea.

Pokemon Go may have come and gone. But the underlying technologies of AR and VR are the future – especially as smart devices proliferate and become ever more powerful. The cost of AR and VR devices is also rapidly dropping. All of these variables make for a combination that equals one thing: AR/VR integration into ever more aspects of life and work.

Design is the most obvious beneficiary of AR/VR technology. What industry could be the next to embrace the wave of the future? In the meantime, check out our tips for AR and VR headsets – and those that you can even use with your iPhone!

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