Humans are visual creatures – which might be why two thirds of our brain are involved in processing visual information.
The development from cave drawings all the way to mixed reality reflects this – we were communicating visually long before speech and language developed. Technology that supports this behaviour is shaping our future and design and manufacturing are at the forefront, adopting technology such as Virtual Reality in our day-to-day processes.
VR vs. AR vs. Mixed Reality
With the versatility and rapid evolution of modern technology, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s what. Virtual Reality currently exists parallel to Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality, here’s the difference:
Virtual reality or VR is the immersion in an entirely virtual world. Which you may or may not be able to interact with depending on the complexity of the software.
Augmented reality or AR overlays virtual elements into your real environment to interact with.
Mixed reality connects AR to reality, meaning both your virtual reality and reality can interact with each other.
VR is therefore used more as a form of transportation, taking the user out of the real world and putting them into a virtual one, entirely encompassed by a virtual space. For design and manufacturing, this is the leading technology to assist operations, save money and time and increase quality.
They say a picture says a thousand words, so a high-quality virtual reality experience might just say everything. As a communication tool, VR is sharing messages exactly how they’re intended, with no room for misinterpretation, unmet expectations or undelivered promises. Manufacturers can now share precise designs as well as the ambience, functionality and realistic sizes of projects with clients, who can get a feel and make informed decisions based on a lived experience.
As an editing tool, software that supports VR, such as Palette CAD, allows instant adjustments to materials, giving clients a chance to filter through options for comparisons and giving you the chance to easily experiment and innovate. While it’s important to incorporate advanced technology to stay ahead of the competition, it’s always vital to ensure the software also supports advanced functionality and usability so that you can make the most of your investment.
VR compliments human biology and our connection to our visual world and integrating modern technologies into operations is vital for progression. Just like petroglyphs advanced the evolution of navigation, VR is set to play a big role in the manufacturing revolution.
Not equipped with VR yet? Visit our friendly team in Mordialloc and get a free test-run of leading VR technology and experience how you can impress clients and streamline your design process.
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