As virtual reality makes its consumer level debut with the recent release of the Oculus Rift headset, early adopters are excited by all this technology has to offer. The Rift is the most anticipated technology release since the iPhone and is already changing the way we experience reality with early adopters like luxury real estate developers, educators, travelers, interior designers and others all experimenting and exploring the possibilities of immersive virtual reality.
Many consumers have visions of the Star Trek “holodeck.” But as the Oculus Rift’s Vice President of Mobile, Max Cohen recently told Pocket-Lint in an exclusive interview, “Everyone wants the holodeck, but we’re not there tomorrow. “ For the non-Trekkies, in the Star Trek universe, the holodeck was an area of the ship where visitors would go to travel to far-flung locations they enjoyed visiting, asking the computer to recreate those worlds for them to enjoy in virtual reality. They could then interact freely with that world.
While virtual reality is not quite a Holodeck experience yet, the Oculus Rift is already changing the way many of us, especially in the home industries think about business.
Oculus Rift Specs
The latest design of the Rift is extremely lightweight, has a built-in strap and headphones to create full immersion and a 3D audio effect. The company partnered with Microsoft, and they will use it with their X-Box platform to create an immersive gaming experience. The launch started with a pre-release offering, which sold out in seconds for a release date scheduled for four months later. The headset carries a $599.00 price tag. Early adopters like Village Features, are expanding its use far beyond gaming and providing clients a sales and marketing tool for developers of luxury properties.
VR In Real Estate
In the real estate industry, virtual reality is already being used to sell luxury real estate. Village Features is helping one famous Resort, Kiawah Island near Charleston South Carolina, to pre-sell high-end vacation properties that haven’t yet broken ground! The developer has created a “virtual walkthrough” that can show potential homeowners everything from high-end finishes to the actual views from their windows.
Imagine being able to don a headset in your real estate agents midtown Manhattan office and being able to walk through a property 1500 miles away. To see the marble bathroom tiles, the open concept floor plan, and the views from the bedroom window. Then leave the house and follow the boardwalk to the beach. It is happening, and properties like Kiawah Island are already at the forefront of this revolution!Virtual Reality And Interior Design
VR In Interior Design
Another industry that is exploring the use of virtual reality is interior design. VR is going to have an enormous impact on the way we buy interior design services. Right now, designers are using the technology to create virtual spaces incorporating their client's taste. Imagine going to your interior designer’s office, putting on a headset and taking a tour of your newly designed living room. Don’t like the fabric on the couch? You can change it virtually before purchasing materials. Not sure if the wall color is right? Click and your walls can change from Red to Turquoise blue!
This is only the beginning, as the technology continues to improve, we’ll be able to incorporate virtual objects into our homes that require actual space for visual projection and physical interaction to come to life. This is an interior designer's dream! Image your client being able to start their day in a French Country kitchen, spend the workday in a New York high-rise office, and end the day watching the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge from their San Francisco living room. The days of living your life on your holodeck are coming!