Ok, on a whim and inspired by recently released AR apps, I bought Google Cardboard. A 2-pack, one for the office, one for me.
We’ve mostly been starting with spherical images rendered from our models, since that has been looking the best so far. For those unfamiliar, Google Cardboard is a stripped down VR viewer that makes use of an app on your phone and a — you guessed it — cardboard holder with plastic lenses.
Spherical images are available for download below and use on your Cardboard if you happen to have one. They come straight from our render program (V-Ray), and we’re currently playing with how to get the right HDRI skybox.
I think VR tools will start to become integral to the architectural process. To experience a simulacrum of a site and building through VR is so much more immersive the a static printed image or even a video fly-over. It’s more honest, straightforward, and awesome.