Since the dawn of civilization, humans have searched for better and more efficient ways to shape the world to fit their needs. And now, innovations in engineering and architecture are being advanced by the latest virtual reality (VR) technologies.
The following are 9 tech startups building innovative VR products and solutions for engineering and architecture.
Symmetry’s suite allows architects and engineers to convert their 3D CAD drawings into immersive VR environments that they can literally walk into. The solution is unique in that it offers users the ability to interact and change designs from within a VR environment.
Architects and engineers not only need to know how and where to build, but also what people’s interests are and their first impressions of the created structures. CognitiveVR can track user’s eye movements and transmit this data to builders—allowing them to optimize their designs based on user behavior.
Like Symmetry, IrisVR transforms files created with leading 3D vendors into VR environments. IrisVR, however, is incredibly easy and doesn’t require extended training.
Specially built for architects, this solutions uses a controller and Oculus Rift headset to recreate structures. ARQVR offers a unique and customizable interface for shaping, building, and rearranging objects—and even painting walls.
Taking architectural VR solutions to another level, NBBJ allows users to not only travel inside virtual buildings and interact with them, but to also similarly create urban designs. A few big projects in China and the US are purportedly using this technology.
VI-Grade offers technical simulations for cars, motorcycles, railways, and aircraft for use in engineering applications and use cases. Engineers can use the platform to create new products and even test them in simulated environments.
Truvision recreates virtual environments in which architects can walk, observe, and interact. Using an Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or HTC Vive, users can find structural issues and fix them before breaking ground.
Virtalis offers different rendering solutions for engineers that support various 3D file formats. The solutions features a geological map tool, a 3D rendering suite, and a testing environment where engineers can put their projects to the test.
Using Bing and Google Maps map files, this solution can create simulated VR environments for users to modify and interact with. It’s also compatible with other CAD and GIS file formats.
A renaissance is currently underway in the fields of engineering and architecture, fueled in large part by the latest VR developments. These solutions and a myriad of others are enabling the creation of safer, better tested environments and structures, drastically mitigating structural issues due to human mistakes and calculation errors.