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How and Why of using VR and AR in Medical Design


No this isn?t a casting call, but we are seriously looking for those interested in capturing feedback for their medical designs, mockups and exploring other cost-saving spatial solutions. We are partnering up with a handful of healthcare clients for 2019 and we want to see what you’ve got and prep you to get on board! We?re beginning a series on Augmented and Virtual Reality (XR) in Healthcare Design and wanted to kick it off with the basics:

How and why should one actually start using XR on a project?

We’ll cover the following topics… if by the time you are finished we’ve piqued your interest, well, we might just have an offer you can’t refuse.

  1. Internal Design Review in Virtual Reality (VR) Early and Often

  2. Invest in Portable Equipment

  3. Use Handy Handheld Augmented Reality (AR)

  4. Budget for XR

  5. Reserve Bevel for 3P Lean Design Events

The benefits of XR in Healthcare are huge?from saving money on mockups to getting robust client feedback. XR gets your clients out of the spreadsheets and into their future workspace.

Despite the huge benefits, Spatial Computing feels like a new medium?and there can be a bit of anxiety about how to use the technology. So we came up with this guide on how to ensure your clients have the best possible XR experience.

1.Internal Design Review in Virtual Reality (VR) Early and Often

It starts in-house. We always encourage clients to experiment and play in VR. You?re designing 3D spaces?so make sure you experience them in three dimensions.

I guess your first question might be, play in VR? Well when it comes to VR software, there is a handful?out there that really do the trick. Iris Prospect, Enscape, Insite and Symmetry just to name a few that we recommend.

It depends on your budget and what types of features you need in an?instant visualization tool, but if it’s one thing that all these softwares?do well, it’s their true room-scale VR capabilities that convert your models into immersive experiences with only a click or two.

Inside view of 3d space

Enscape – Inside view of 3d space

XR makes the biggest impact on the design when you use it early and use it often. And like most tools, VR takes a bit to get the hang of, so give it the old college try, and start practicing as soon as you can so you can start exploring the many advantages first hand.

Save your time on research, because we’ve already done the legwork on comparing 4 of the more popular visualization tools out there. Check out our product comparison chart here.

2. Invest in Portable Equipment

Many of our clients want to take their VR equipment out of the office and onto the site without it being a three-ring circus of equipment and setup. Next-gen VR and AR equipment are here. VR capable laptops are getting smaller and more powerful. Plus the new wave of headsets by Vive and Oculus are cheap and super easy to set up. If you have the right application for it, the Magic Leap can be worth the investment.?

Using Vive in the workplace

Using Vive in the workplace

3. Use Handy Handheld Augmented Reality (AR)

When a headset is not the right solution, ease your clients into spatial computing with handheld AR. Handheld AR is super accessible and can be found on the latest iOS and Android devices. With an iPad or mobile experience it connects multiple users to a mockup.

Bevel - Mobile AR on the job site

Mobile AR on the job site

4. Budget for XR

XR prevents problems, helps you win work, and gives you an edge on your competitors. Good thing for you, Bevel builds custom XR tools that help contractors do their work faster and helps architects communicate their work with more detail.

Start planning now!

Architecture firms that are tech savvy enough to be using Revit are already on track to be using VR. Save room in your 2019 budgets and include at least one new wave headset and a seat in any of the BIM to VR software suites. The new standalone Oculus Quest and VIVE Focus are coming out next year for around $400, no PC required!

If you?re already using VR often, first?gold star. Consider setting aside a budget for future XR projects, which can help communicate the sexy details of your projects in a fun and accessible way.?Planning ahead helps us ensure you have the best XR experience, both throughout the project and with the final product.?Handheld AR presentations for design review or in immersive VR or AR experiences?it all starts with knowing your client and using this medium to build a robust understanding and trust.

5. Reserve Bevel for 3P Lean Design Events

We support mockups and 3P Lean Design Events. Get more from your mockups with our support.

  1. AR and VR are both about rapid iteration. If AR is about overlaying details to a physical mockup, VR is about immersing users in a space and giving them the means to manipulate it.

  2. XR enables spacial tools to gather data to inform lean design like never before. Track where users are looking and moving, or aggregate user input in 3d space. And once you have better data, you can make better predictions of the quality and efficacy of a Healthcare environment.

User flow simulations using hard data

User flow simulations using hard data

It?s time to test these interventions over the life of a healthcare project phase. We have space for just 3 more healthcare clients in 2019 and we are looking for a great fit. We?re hoping to partner with engaged and energetic healthcare designers who are ?Lean-ing? the Lean process, exploring new mediums for client communication, and who have clients excited to work in the bleeding edge of design technology (er…no pun intended).

Seeking great pilot partners

Email us if…

  1. Your team loves feedback and craves better ways to communicate design

  2. You use Lean design principles or consultants and want a way to visualize this data and test it across design iterations

  3. Your team wants to immerse their clients in the design from the beginning.

Above and beyond but not required:

  1. Your team are Revit power users and you want to leverage your robust 3D models like never before

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