Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2019

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Interactive Design Walk potential and current clients through their projects utilizing augmented and virtual reality tools and pairings. by Kacey Larsen 2020 The 2020 Design software has a virtual reality mode within its 360-degree panoramic viewer, which takes clients beyond a 3-D rendering and into another form of visualizing the space. 2020 explores the use of portable VR glasses that operate using a smartphone device. Three options are available for loading a compatible 360-degree panorama onto a phone, and the design must have been created using 2020 Design v11.4 or newer. A VR icon will appear when a panorama is ready for viewing in VR mode. While many portable VR glasses are available, 2020 points to DODOcase, which designs custom branded VR viewers in several formats. Its 360-degree panoramic viewer images created using 2020 Design v11 will also work with the Oculus Rift headset. The "360Photos" app will need to be downloaded and installed from the Oculus store. Additionally, the Oculus VR headset—though an application, such as the MaxVR application, is needed to congure the images rst—can be used to view panoramic images from the design software. For instructions on using the 2020 Design Panoramas, visit 2020spaces.com/ 2020products/panorama/. SketchUp An expansion of the design software's Viewer family for reviewing any plans or designs, SketchUp Viewer for VR is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and VIVE Pro headsets. A Trimble account and the SketchUp Viewer for VR app are needed as is an active SketchUp Pro or SketchUp Studio subscription. It utilizes many of the viewing, navigation and information tools already found in SketchUp. Fly around model projects, toggle layer visibility on or o, and the Tape Measure and Entity Information tools allow quick access to model information. Additionally, Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets are supported with the SketchUp Viewer for Windows Mixed Reality. Designs can also be viewed on an iOS and Android device using the SketchUp Viewer for Mobile app. Augmented reality models can even be viewed for all active SketchUp Shop, SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio subscribers on ARKit and ARCore enabled devices. Because of updates to the AR|VR Extension for SketchUp Pro, projects can easily be published to any AR or VR device; this extension isn't required but can enhance viewing models with a VR device. Additionally, users can engage in real-time, multi-user collaborative viewing sessions with co-located or remote attendees. An example given by SketchUp is that a person with a HoloLens in New York can join a collaborative viewing session with a Vive user in Toyko and an Oculus user in London. For instructions on setting up the SketchUp Viewer for VR, visit help.sketchup.com/en/ sketchup-viewer/setting-sketchup-viewer-vr. AC C O R D I N G TO O U R 2019 Qualified Remodeler Remodel of the Future survey, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) ranked the highest when we asked readers to predict which technologies may have a "significant impact" on the remodeling industry within the next five years. The area of design ranked the second highest when survey respon- dents were asked which area of the remodeling process will ĘĝĖģĜĚ ĨĞĜģĞŽĘĖģĩġĮ Ğģ ĩĝĚ ģĚĭĩŽīĚĮĚĖħĨĆģĤĬĞģĜĩĝĚĨĚ reader predictions, our editors explore a selection of design ĨĤƁĬĖħĚĖģęĩĝĚĞħĘĪħħĚģĩüč or VR integration solutions. With the growing number of VR headsets and technological advancements happening, we are sure that this story is to be continued. TECHNOLOGY 22 May 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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