Metaverse Part One: The World is Not Enough!

Preface From this week, we start a series of discussions with an aim to investigate the Metaverse(s). These blogs are our vantage points regarding the matter and will put the concept into a wider context to help develop an alternative yet wider theoretical understanding that – in our opinion – underlies, fuels, or impacts theContinue reading “Metaverse Part One: The World is Not Enough!”

How to Run a Successful VR Workshop

Happy new year! (It’s still okay to say that, right?). How are your new year resolutions going? Whether you’ve got one or not, we’d like to propose one more for 2022 – especially to those who got a VR headset for Christmas or are currently digging through the January sales. Your goal is to RunContinue reading “How to Run a Successful VR Workshop”

How One Rendering Technique Is Improving VR Performance (Part 2)

In our previous blog we covered some fundamentals of FR, let’s now take a look at how it’s being delivered today and some exciting technologies which surround it. Fixed Foveated Rendering (FFR) FFR is a method of applying static foveation to the display periphery (the lens distortion region in particular), resulting in rendering computing loadContinue reading “How One Rendering Technique Is Improving VR Performance (Part 2)”

How One Rendering Technique Is Improving VR Performance

Rendering virtual reality is resource-intensive. It involves simultaneously rendering two high-resolution displays, one for each eye; hence why VR requires powerful hardware in order to process and deliver the information to a suitable frame rate for your viewing pleasure. That said, alongside hardware development, other exciting endeavours are being pursued to mitigate and handle suchContinue reading “How One Rendering Technique Is Improving VR Performance”

The Next Challenge for/of AI

Prologue While visiting Penn State University’s Department of Architectural Engineering and Stuckeman School in 2007, I came across the concept of Emotional Intelligence in a workshop by G. Brent Darnell, an international best-selling author and leading authority on Emotional Intelligence, in CONVR conference 2007. According to HelpGuide, emotional intelligence is: Emotional intelligence (otherwise known asContinue reading “The Next Challenge for/of AI”

5? No! 32? No! 33 or Virtureality 2.0…

Prologue My other post about virtuality was read and I got some suggestions from some of the people I care about as to maybe I want to write a follow up on that post; between you and me, I think they liked it. So here we go… Plot one: Hunger Have you heard of SuzanneContinue reading “5? No! 32? No! 33 or Virtureality 2.0…”

Why the answer to mass VR adoption might lie in your pockets…

Intro Does virtual reality have to be about expensive headsets, workstation or gaming rigs, complex software or all of the above? Yes. For the most part, at the moment, that appears to be the case. The process of developing and engaging in your own VR experiences is not a path traversed by VR newcomers; ifContinue reading “Why the answer to mass VR adoption might lie in your pockets…”

Virtureality: Boon or Bane?

Prologue 1 We, Homosapiens, have undergone a constant and steady evolutionary process over the course of the last millennia. We are still undergoing this evolutionary process in the digital era at/to/with an unprecedented rate/extent/dimension. The ways in which we are evolving in the digital era is different from our revolutionary journey throughout the history. WeContinue reading “Virtureality: Boon or Bane?”

5 Essential Extensions For Modelling In SketchUp

Be it for virtual or augmented reality, architectural visualisation, design etc. One powerful skill is the ability to model in 3D quickly and effectively. SketchUp is one such tool that can help with this, given its intuitive approach to 3D modelling. As with everything it’s not perfect, but thanks to the many Ruby extensions it’sContinue reading “5 Essential Extensions For Modelling In SketchUp”

LiDAR contenders: How do they measure up?📏

Several months ago we took an in-depth look at MagicPlan with their updated LiDAR scanning capabilities and compared how effective it was against traditional pen & paper approach. We found that the LiDAR on it’s own was pretty “naff” when it comes to accuracy. Today we are looking at another option available using LiDAR toContinue reading “LiDAR contenders: How do they measure up?📏”

How to make beautiful looking SketchUp models, VR ready, for free

When it comes to Arch Viz, there’s a lot of ‘out of the box’ options out there, but if you’re anything like us at MAVRiC, you probably love using and abusing free software for all it’s got. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss things you need to consider when making your SketchUp modelsContinue reading “How to make beautiful looking SketchUp models, VR ready, for free”

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Design

We all remember HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (or at least I DO) and I, for one, am a fan of “Person of Interest”, but this is not science-fiction anymore, nor is it illusion or delusion… While Forbes indicated 27 examples of uses of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) in practice nearlyContinue reading “Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Design”

MagicPlan: Now with added LiDAR 🧂

Your measured surveys are taking too long aren’t they? You want surveys complete in the time it takes to drink that cup of tea the client has made – lucky you! that’ll take the edge off the monotony – and you want to head back to HQ safe in the knowledge that you’ve (definitely) notContinue reading “MagicPlan: Now with added LiDAR 🧂”

These free VR apps will help leverage your building design projects

Over the past 3 years, whenever we speak to construction professionals about VR and what it could do for them, the same thing comes up time and time again. “We need something to show our clients, I know someone that used this on their clients, and they were amazed!”. And yes, VR is great forContinue reading “These free VR apps will help leverage your building design projects”