Latest advances in the Virtual Reality technology will allow the visual presentation of new cars, houses and factories before they have been built. With the help of high-end headsets and software, designers will be able to see a new product through an image conjuring 3D. This will enable to make the process of design faster, cheaper and more effective.
Previously, designs were drafted with mediums of a pen and paper. Experts also believe the technology wasn’t up to the mark earlier. The hardware, software, and connectivity needed improvements. The images were of poor quality and the headsets were uncomfortable and cumbersome. “You can walk around your sketches so you can see how your lines work in a 3D environment, and move freely in a room,” said Jan Pflueger, augmented and virtual reality co-ordinator for German car firm Audi in a statement.
A collaborative effort of a Finnish start-up, Varjo and German Car company, Audi produced a high-end headset worth €5,995; £5,170. The headset uses a technique of human eye resolution called foveated rendering. The technique allows eye-tracking technology which tells which part of the image is been focused on and then concentrates its processing power on that part of the image to render high definition. This kind of technology allows to produce the highest quality without producing the entire image in high definition, it only captures what the human eye can perceive.
“In the beginning, designers hadn’t been able to view their designs properly, but now they can walk around cars or other objects in life-size,” reports Niko Eiden, Varjo chief executive, in a statement. The excellent quality of images also allows designers to experiment with seats, dashboards at an early stage, without experimenting on physical models, which is a much expensive affair. Moreover, designing a car or an aircraft is a laborious process and involves manual work and lot of money. The high-quality VR eliminates a lot of menial work from early stage on. Reports suggest that several industries will still prefer augmented reality over the latest VR advances. Combining virtual images with the real world is bound to remain a preferred choice of most businesses.