Using VR Tech To Design Your Room
Traditional room design is usually done by sketching a rough outline on paper, or for a more accurate design, by using graph paper. Drawing a floor plan to scale is often worth the extra effort to aid the design process and can really help you visualise things.
Software programs like Adobe illustrator and Smart Draw will give you a more professional look to your design, but they are still quite basic. You measure the room using a tape measure or a Laser measurement tool and add your dimensions to the graph paper. Add doors, Windows and furniture to build up the design.
Its a simple approach, but this is 2019, can we make this a bit more futuristic?
AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) are relatively new to room design and you may not of heard of this new technology being used before. So let’s give you the basics first.
What’s the difference Between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality?
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are two sides of the same coin. You could think of Augmented Reality as VR with one foot in the real world: Augmented Reality simulates artificial objects in the real environment; Virtual Reality creates an artificial environment to inhabit.
In Augmented Reality, the computer uses sensors and algorithms to determine the position and orientation of a camera. AR technology then renders the 3D graphics as they would appear from the viewpoint of the camera, superimposing the computer-generated images over a user’s view of the real world.
AR is being used by Ikea via an app that works on your mobile phone or tablet. The app allows you to check what furniture items will look like in your room and will avoid arguments when items you purchase don’t fit, as this unfortunate couple found out below.
The app can be downloaded for both Apple and Android devices from compatible app stores.
Find out more about the Ikea Augmented reality app works in this video below
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds. By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world. The only limits to near-real VR experiences are the availability of content and cheap computing power.
In Virtual Reality, the computer uses similar sensors and math. However, rather than locating a real camera within a physical environment, the position of the user’s eyes are located within the simulated environment. If the user’s head turns, the graphics react accordingly. Rather than compositing virtual objects and a real scene, VR technology creates a convincing, interactive world for the user.
In a recent video shown on online BBC News show Click shows Virtual Reality in practice in a new BBC TV show called “Your Home Made Perfect”. The home makeover show is making use of the latest VR technology to help couples visualise their room designs without the need to lift a hammer or a paint tin.
Each episode will feature two couples who disagree about the best design solutions for their homes. Architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison will be given the couple’s conflicting briefs to produce one spectacular design each, offering radically different proposals. Working to the homeowner’s budget, they will be tasked with things such as making a two-bedroom house functional for a family of five and relocating a bathroom upstairsThe use of this VR tech is blowing couples away, as they get to see their room come to shape complete with furniture and accessories right before their eyes. Here is a clip about the show.
Interested in using Virtual Reality or using VR to design your room?
If you own a Samsung mobile phone, you can start using VR today. All you need is a compatible phone and a Gear VR headset.
Compatible with Galaxy S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge you can immerse yourself in the world of Virtual Reality.
Room design software from companies like Cadsoft provide a great VR design tool that is compatible with some of the more expensive VR headset on the market today.
Their program “Envisioneer” is designed for use with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets and is used to help professionals and consumers visualise concepts better, while making changes on the fly for detailed new features and decor selection. It provide a 360 degree panoramic insight to how your room would look. Rooms can be designed and then taken to your clients house and they can view the designs in mobile app HomeViewVR. Perfect to get your clients excited.
What is the best VR headset I can buy?
A great article we found by By Mauricio Prinzlau – CEO & Co-Founder of Cloudwards called “Top Virtual Reality Headsets and Their Breakdowns” is a knowledgeable source of information to check out before spending your hard earn money. His super guide below provides a bit of history about the tech and the specs.
Also check out Tech website Techadvisor for the top VR head sets for 2019.Courtesy of: Cloudwards.net
Planner 5D has an online community of over 40,000 amateur designers. Use Planner 5D for your interior design needs without any professional skills.
Use the 2D mode to create floor plans and design layouts with furniture and other home items, or switch to 3D to explore and edit your design from any angle.
Edit colours, patterns and materials to create unique furniture, walls, floors and more – even adjust item sizes to find the perfect fit.
Use the Snapshots feature to capture your design as a realistic image – this adds shadows, lighting and rich colours to make your work look like a photograph!
Check out the Planner VR app in action below