Saturday, May 13, 2017

Anticipation: IrisVR Introduces Multi-User Collaboration to VR

From the AEC Magazine website:

NEWS: IrisVR introduces multi-user collaboration to VR

Published: 25 April 2017

New technology will allow users anywhere in the world to collaborate on AEC projects in VR

IrisVR is adding multi-user collaboration to its AEC focused VR software, Prospect, which works with Revit, SketchUp, Rhino and other CAD/BIM tools. With the new technology, users anywhere in the world will be able to collaborate on a project using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift by inviting others to an immersive virtual group session.

IrisVR's multi-user technology offers a real-time virtual reality environment with voice audio and motion feedback accessible to anyone. Architects, engineers, and designers can host guided walkthroughs of a space pre-construction, extending the concept of in-person client meetings and design review to the VR world.

"We are excited to announce multi-user collaboration within Prospect," says Shane Scranton, CEO and Co-Founder of IrisVR. "Multi-user will change not only the logistics of in-person meetings but it will help facilitate larger conversations and decisions. If you are a healthcare architect you can now invite the physician or nurse into a collaborative and intuitive environment of the proposed design. Then you can engage in a dialogue about space to evaluate the impact of decisions prior to construction, regardless of their physical location," he added.

According to Nate Beatty, CTO and Co-Founder of IrisVR, "Job site safety is a huge concern for everyone in the building industry. Having a multi-user experience creates an avenue for training and orientation to occur before setting foot on-site. Imagine the benefits of being able to guide a new oil rig worker through the complex spaces of a rig in a risk-free environment, prior to them traveling to a distant location."

IrisVR will debut the multi-user experience at the AIA's Conference on Architecture from April 27-29 in Orlando. Attendees will be able to experience the technology first-hand and walk through SketchUp, Revit, and Rhino models in VR.

IrisVR’s multi-user technology will be available to the public later in the year.

Meanwhile, read our hands-on review of IrisVR Prospect, where we also look at Autodesk Revit Live (previously called Autodesk LIVE) and Enscape.

To learn more about VR for Architecture, read our beginner’s guide.

There's more information available on the AEC Magazine website.

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