SENTIO VR launches first-ever Oculus Quest 2 app for architects
A major obstacle to the introduction of virtual reality in small and medium-sized architecture and construction companies has been the lack of user-friendly software. However, thanks to SENTIO VR, this will change.
Facebook’s recently launched Oculus sales channel, App Lab, has a new Oculus Quest 2 app that architects appreciate. Introduced by SENTIO VR, the official app makes it even easier for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals to incorporate Virtual Reality (VR) into their design review and customer presentation workflows for SketchUp models, Revit BIM models and additional 3D -Integrate content.
This was only made possible by Facebook’s recent creation of Oculus’ new official sales channel, App Lab, which made the entire charging process a single step where you can simply search for the app in VR or use the App Lab installation link. Previously, the only way to install the app in Quest was through manual sideloading – a multi-step process that required creating a developer account and was tedious to use.
The situation was made worse for another reason: Typically, organizations use multiple Oculus Quest headsets for internal design reviews. This means that the software will be installed on each of the headsets. This can be cumbersome when development or engineering processes are required. Now any user can install the app without technical expertise, which simplifies the company-wide introduction of VR.
Chaitanya Ravi, co-founder and CEO of SENTIO VR, sees this as an important pioneer for the introduction of VR in AEC. “With a high quality standalone VR headset like Quest 2 at an affordable price, user-friendly software that integrates into design workflows, this is the entry barrier to getting customers on board early and avoiding communication errors in the design process using VR for SMBs drastically reduced. “
Intuitive software for SMBs
A major obstacle to the introduction of virtual reality in small and medium-sized architecture and construction companies has been the lack of user-friendly software that can be integrated into the design workflow. Since the App Lab version is compatible with the consumer version of Quest 2 priced at $ 299, everyone has a wireless and affordable solution. According to Chaitanya Ravi, this is a perfect option from a cost and implementation perspective if you want to implement VR for your teams and projects outside the company.
The easiest way to transport your customers within your sketchup models so that they can understand your designs well is with VR. This is where the SketchUp and Autodesk Revit plugins help, as users lose no time uploading models to the cloud and using VR meetings access codes.
Ken Mahood, Principal Architect at JH Architects, a customer shares his experience:
“SENTIO VR is a transformative software product that not only impresses our customers when we show them their project, but also surprises us as designers. The Revit add-in interface is extremely easy to use and the price is reasonable. I can only recommend this product to every architect. “
Multi-user VR collaboration
Because many of the design review meetings involve external stakeholders, especially customers, it is important to make it as easy as possible for customers to obtain the software. Over the past year, VR meetings have become a powerful option for reviewing designs in-house and with clients remotely. Every client can now get an Oculus Quest 2 headset. Install the App Lab version of SENTIO VR and take part in meetings or do your drafts using an access code. This makes remote collaboration in VR extremely easy. With a simple 6-digit code and password, up to 5 users can participate in intuitive VR meetings with the Quest app, which strengthens remote collaboration and increases productivity.
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