VR support added for Graphisoft’s BIMx

After repeated demand from users, Graphisoft has added Virtual Reality (VR) functionality to its free Presentation software, BIMx. This comes by way of support for the Google Cardboard viewing headset and works on most mobile devices as it is available on both Android and iOS operating systems.

While it doesn't have the full range of  VR functionalities available on devices such as Oculus or HTC Vive, its major advantage comes by way of the ease of use. Apart from the fact that you don't need a workstation to operate it, you can navigate by simply turning your head in the direction you want to go. During the navigation, you can also walk forwards, save views, take a step back and increase navigation speed (in case you are pressed for time.)

With the new feature, the software will have a more immersive way to view and share projects between Clients and Architects.

According to Gyuri Nyitrai, BIMx Product Manager at Graphisoft,

"Affordable equipment such as Google’s Cardboard viewer help spread Virtual Reality beyond gaming."
"Architects’ models truly come alive during BIMx presentations using VR functionality, significantly raising BIMx’s already evident wow factor."

Other features coming with the update include:

  1. Multitasking and Split view which allows users on both iOS and Android to use two apps side by side. 
  2. URL-based data exchange which also ensures a smooth user experience.
  3. Selection of more than one item from inbound hyperlink as well as a new feature for locating components in the Virtual building easily.

To access BIM elements, insert the hyperlink into a website, FM database or product catalog application.

To see a demo of how this works, check out the video below.

About BIMx

Multi-award winning BIMx features the Hyper-model, a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. BIMx helps bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site. To find out more, visit www.graphisoft.com/bimx

About Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications. Users can either build their own viewer from simple, low-cost components using specifications published by Google or purchase a pre-manufactured one. To use the platform, users run Cardboard-compatible applications on their phone, place the phone into the back of the viewer, and view content through the lenses. (Wikipedia)

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