Tag Archive for: design

Arch Virtual in the news! Facebook + Oculus Rift and a big win for non-game VR applications

We had the opportunity to share those views with C|NET, Wired, The Street, The Wire and Yahoo! News, thanks to some quick thinking by Wonacott Communications. Very few of the reporters we spoke with could believe just how many non-game applications we’ve completed since the prototype developer kit was released last year.

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Arch Virtual is Hiring! Sales, Architectural Modeling and Prop Asset Development

Arch Virtual is looking for help in several areas.  If you’re interested, please contact us at info (at) archvirtual (dot) com. SALES AND MARKETING / ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT We are looking for a dedicated sales and marketing professional to assist with Develop new business opportunities Help develop and implement strategic sales plans Facilitate client requirements meetings […]

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BIM Goes Virtual: Oculus Rift and virtual reality take architectural visualization to the next level

Almost three decades before Building Information Modeling (BIM) would go mainstream, the term “Virtual Building” was used in the earliest implementation of BIM through Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD debut in 1987. Since then, the concept hasn’t changed, but visualization technology has advanced to the point where designers, engineers, contractors, and building owners can become so immersed in the virtual building model that they feel as if they’re actually there. Technologies like the Unity3D game engine and the new $300 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset are making it possible.

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[Oculus Rift Download] Virtual Pavilion

Here’s another quick VR sketch we did for Oculus Rift, a hypothetical concept for a pavilion, exhibit, gathering or virtual gallery space. Be sure to have your headphones on! Oculus Rift build for PC: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5720342/Arch-Virtual-Partical-Pavilion-PC.zip Rift build for Mac: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5720342/Arch-Virtual-Partical-Pavilion-MAC.zip

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Revit in Virtual Reality! Visit us at Autodesk University

Here is a short video trailer showing some of the Oculus Rifts projects we’re demoing at Autodesk University. If you’re at AU this year, be sure to stop by the ‘Gallery section in the back left area of the exhibit hall.  We have several Revit models to explore in the Oculus Rift! Oculus is also […]

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11 Quick Oculus Rift Development Tips for Architectural Visualization

These are just a few areas we’ve discovered to be opportunities we need to continue working on while developing architectural visualization projects for the Oculus Rift.

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Tutorial eBook Now Available: Unity3D and Architectural Visualization – [DISCOUNT EXTENDED]

Unity3D has proven to be a truly powerful and game-changing technology in architectural visualization. This tutorial eBook is designed to introduce you to many of the concepts, tools and best practices recommended for creating real-time applications.

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City Planning and Urban Design with Oculus Rift

Most of what we have been exploring with Virtual Cities initiative, starting with Virtual Dubuque, has been about how 3D city replicas can be used to understand cities in a deeply immersive way – rather than the abstract experience of Google Earth, or the photos from Street View, we wanted to make the virtual city experience more accessible, customizable, data-rich environments that convey a more holistic understanding of what it’s like to actually be in the city.

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Oculus Rift Sketch Installation (free download)

I’ve been experimenting with a wide variety of design concepts for Oculus Rift environments, and wanted to share one of my test builds. You can download it here.

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Is architecture in video games really architecture?

Let’s quibble over semantics, shall we? Take a look at these two pictures: Which one would you identify as architecture?

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