A New Use for VR Headsets: Landscape 3D Design

In the world of technology, virtual reality, or VR, is making a big splash. You may have encountered a discussion about VR about the medical field, video games, or even a new way to travel. But, did you know it could be applied for everyday use? One interesting use for VR headsets is in landscape design. Before you make that purchase, see exactly what your yard will look like with VR!

What is Virtual Reality and How Does It Work?

Virtual reality is now used to describe a computer generated, a 3D simulation which is possible to explore by the person. Through the wearing of a headset, the user experiences the sensations and feelings of a certain scenario.

In some cases, VR involves full immersion, and it is possible to manipulate objects or perform actions in individual simulations. Some of the main characteristics of virtual reality are:

  • Interactive: The world of virtual reality moves with you. It isn’t like a 3D movie that you just watch. It is a simulation you can touch and interact with.  
  • Explorable: The size and detail of a VR simulation mean it should be explorable.
  • Immersive: VR at its best engages both the body and the mind.
  • Believable: Your brain needs to believe it is in the virtual world you are visiting.
  • Computer-generated: Only powerful machines with realistic computer graphics can build believable worlds able to change as you move and interact with them.

Using VR for Residential Landscape Design

Do you see how it is possible to use virtual reality to see your residential landscape design? There are programs the high-end landscape architects and landscape designers use to give you the full experience. With records of your yard as it is, a discussion about your goals, and some time spent on design, see what you are purchasing before you buy it with VR!

This is the future of landscape design. Don’t like the shape of the steps? Want to try a darker marble? With a few tweaks of the VR experience, it is possible to see your design with different features.

VR Headsets for Commercial Landscape Design

Just as it applies to residential landscape design, VR headsets can be used for commercial landscape design. The right software builds large, complex designs – even entire parks. Unlike seeing a 3D mock-up, the VR experience is immersive. This covers everything from:

  • Landscape Design
  • Paths and Walkways
  • Water Features
  • Stone or Rock Work
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Hardscaping
  • Gates and Fences
  • Grading and Excavating  

You feel as though you are standing right in the middle of your new outdoor space. Before spending a big budget, make sure you are 100% satisfied with design by exploring your new outdoor space.

It is important to note, the amount of time it takes to create a virtual reality compatible design varies. For large commercial landscape design projects, the large space may have a much higher turnaround time.

See your new outdoor space from the inside with this new technology. When it comes to VR, the possibilities are endless!