The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone’s camera to provide a live view of the world and uses the smartphone’s GPS to track players as they move around.It’s encouraging to see augmented reality going mainstream like this and popping up in an app downloaded onto millions of smartphones. While playing the game looks like a lot of fun, and it’s great to see what smartphone technology and gaming can do when they are brought together, there is a serious side to all this. Imagine what the impact of augmented reality, virtual reality and gaming technology could be on the property community? That is if they’re not out catching Pokemon. Virtual reality is about to embark on the dawn of a new era. The early virtual reality experiences that we worked with left the majority of users a little dizzy and nauseous because of the frame rates. But the next generation of headsets has moved on by light years. In the property industry, virtual reality is going to be huge. Virtual reality headsets mean that before a development is even built, people can walk down a street for the first time and understand how big the building is. They could go inside a proposed building, see it from a variety of angles both inside and looking out at the views, getting a true sense of its impact on the street scene. We look at buildings from ground level most of the time in our everyday lives, so if virtual reality can allow you to view a proposed building from eye level, it gives you an honest impression of what it will look like. It will help people better understand if height, overshadowing or design will be an issue. For instance, it would allow residents to visualise sunlight throughout the course of the day and see the impact a new development could have on their home or offices. It will help to secure buy-in by presenting the facts in the most honest way possible.
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