VR (Virtual Reality)

More than just entertainment

What is VR (Virtual Reality)?

VR is an abbreviation of Virtual Reality. With VR, you have the opportunity to get an idea of a different world via a computer, than the world you live in.

Over the years, the technology has developed to be both accessible and cost-effective. Ordinary consumers have recently gained access to technology via film, games and other entertainment. This has contributed to the rapid technological development.

To experience VR, you need either a mobile phone, a computer or game console and a pair of VR glasses. A VR experience can be anything from simple stereo presentation, for example a mobile phone, to real VR glasses.
The glasses have built-in screens and an accelerometer that records movements, which in turn makes it possible to discover the virtual environment. This creates a virtual depth and a 3D effect with a 360 degree angle, which contributes to the feeling of being in a completely different environment.

The hardware has become so good that it has now become a prominent work tool in many different industries. It can manage incredible amounts of information, which you can take advantage of if you work with, for example, renderings, models or advanced simulations. In addition, several people can be in one and the same model at the same time. The opportunity to discuss, for example, design or floor plan in real time will be possible, even though the geographical locations are different. The result of this will be both cost and time efficient.

Areas of use

VR is often used in different types of education. With VR tools, situations can be created that virtually replicate the elements that the education focuses on, which is both easier and more cost-effective than real exercises in reality.

For manufacturing companies, the benefit of VR has also meant that more and more people are taking the step into the VR world. Some common applications are:

  • VR work meetings and reconciliations – Look at 3D data together for make decisions
  • HMI (Human Machine Interface) – Communicate with machines and get operational data from equipment and facilities.
  • Simulations – Evaluate simulations of various kinds
  • Create Product Configurators – Verify that an article composition forms the correct product
  • Visualization – Experience products and environments in a virtual reality before they are created

An example of a company that has taken the step into the VR world is IKEA, which has launched an app focused on virtual reality where kitchens can be experienced in 3D. The feeling of what the kitchen will look like can be experienced in the customer’s own home by walking around the kitchen, opening drawers and cabinets, before the decision to tear out the old kitchen.

Get started with VR

As the area of use for VR is large and varied, we at Cadcraft suggest that we have a shorter meeting where we go through what you want to achieve. Then we can take out a drawing and start sketching the functions and properties that your VR project should fulfill. Once you have defined what it is you want to do, the next step is to choose software, hardware and education that suits your choices.