As clients and designers keep pushing the envelope with ideas for development, sustainability, "user experience", maybe it was only a matter of time before gaming arrived. Whilst many of us are baffled by Minecraft and SimCity, this latest piece of tech looks very interesting. Virtual reality buildings.
The recent trend of building launch parties in Dublin seems to be getting all the more competitive. I wager it will only be a matter of months before visitors to marketing suites will be able to throw on a headset and virtually walk through their planned office floor. Cue some funny videos of open-mouthed CEOS "wandering" into their new corner offices! This is one piece of gaming technology that we'll be asking our clients to take very seriously. The battle for quality tenant covenants continues and virtual reality building walkabouts are another differentiator when trying to land a deal.
Coming soon to a launch party near you...
Virtual reality may be still only an emerging phenomenon, but researchers in Bochum, Germany, believe that the fledgling technology can be used to improve health and safety conditions on construction sites. This is done by creating interactive training courses for virtual reality headsets. Intended for use by both construction workers and health and safety experts, individuals can walk around a virtual version of a site before construction even begins. This will allow the identification of any areas that pose particular safety risks to allow for the planning of appropriate measures before the build commences. The same technology that is used in high-end video games is being used to replicate the real life situation, allowing workers to understand the environment and be aware of potential hazards before they set foot on site.