We’ve all seen it in movies such as Disclosure, The Matrix, and The Lawnmower Man. In the 90’s VR’s future was highly speculated. The future was wide open and anything was possible. Flash forward 20 years and the majority of the advancements in VR have basically existed only in the gaming world. Most of the VR headset developers have geared their applications towards the escape-from-reality style of the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation. There still are many other advancements in the entertainment world, such as the latest push from Disney. The company has just penned a multi-year deal with a VR developer to provide cameras and software in order to create VR tie in products to their major theatrical releases ( https://www.thewrap.com/disney-virtual-reality-movies-nokia-ozo-cameras-deal/ ). As fun as the entertainment side is, the practical business applications are just as intriguing and have largely fallen by the wayside. This is now about to change.
Dassault and HTC have joined forces as strategic partners to create an enterprise solution. The new venture will be showcased in what they have called 3DEXPERIENCECity and will be on display at World Cities Summit 2016 in Singapore. This new venture will join the forces of the HTC Vive headset (http://www.htcvive.com/us) and Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE design platform. They will be focusing their collective technology on the power it will give governments and their business partners to virtually create and test urban design projects in a way they have never been able to do so before. Virtual reality design is now a reality.
Article compiled by Dave May