Understanding Mixed Reality
Just as it sounds, mixed reality combines the digital and the “real” world. For architects, an example of mixed reality is creating a design on a computer and then turning that design into a hologram. The hologram is in the real world, but it’s digital as well. This type of technology combines the two and opens up a whole new world of possibilities in many different industries.
One of the ways that architects use mixed reality is through 3D visualization. Instead of creating a model on a 2D screen, they can create a 3D model that is much easier to work with and modify. 3D models also allow architects to see their design come to life well before it’s actually built.
Mixed reality can be used in different combinations of the “real” and the digital. For instance, an architect might prefer to use a completely virtual experience for part of their work, while other times the architect may prefer to use less virtual reality and more reality. Fortunately, they can control the mix as needed.
Benefits and Applications
The virtual aspects of mixed reality are useful for architects in many ways. Think about designing a home and having a vision of what you expect it will look like. Then, once the home is built, you go to visit and see that your vision has not turned out completely as you expected. For example, it might be much larger than you intended it to be. But once it’s built, what are you going to do?
If you had used mixed reality to design the home, the virtual aspects could have allowed you to walk through your design and see it exactly as it was going to be built. There would be no surprises. You would have the opportunity to make any changes that didn’t match your intended vision long before construction began.
Now imagine that you’re a client who’s paid an architect to design your dream home or your next office building. Looking at blueprints or seeing a design on a 2D screen is a completely different experience than stepping inside a 3D digital version. You would be able to see the space you’d have, walk from room to room, and truly experience what life would be like inside the new building. Imagine how useful this technology would be for closing deals with clients who “can’t quite picture what it’s going to look like?”
Looking To the Future
In the future, mixed reality will greatly impact the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Mixed reality and its infinite applications will also likely make their way into several other fields as well. The possibilities are literally endless!