Virtual reality brings architect’s blueprints to life

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Virtual reality brings architect's blueprints to life

Virtual reality brings architect's blueprints to life

Virtual reality used to be the domain of fantastical video games or frontier-pushing researchers in multimillion dollar labs. But as the technology gets less expensive, VR could transform the architectural world

Construction on the ReMax Results building in Andover won’t begin until spring, but already Douglas J. Boser has walked through rooms and turned on light switches.

Sitting in a comfortable chair in the Minneapolis office of design firm LHB Corp., Boser strapped on an Oculus Rift headset, and toured the two-story office building in living, virtual-reality color.

“This brings a whole other level of depth and detail to anything we’ve been using,” said Boser, a St. Cloud-based real estate developer. “You can stand in the middle of the lobby and say, we’ve got to bring that sun shading out 6 inches. And you can literally see the shading change inside the model.”

Virtual reality used to be the domain of fantastical video games or frontier-pushing researchers in multimillion dollar labs. But relatively inexpensive new tools like the Rift and Google Cardboard viewers have made the 3-D experiences more accessible. […]

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