Our conversations with industry professionals at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention indicated a growing understanding of the advantages virtual reality can bring to architectural projects. If you are considering virtual reality for your firm, we suggest you hold out for only the best the industry has to offer. Keeping to the following standards will ensure that your firm’s adoption of VR technology is a smooth and effective one:

1Frame rate – The key to a seamless and compelling VR experience is a sufficiently high frame rate. The jittery or stuttering effect you may have experienced in past VR experiences was almost certainly due to a low frame rate. The industry standard is currently set at 75Hz. We’ve certainly come across some VR demonstrations out in the wild that did not meet this standard. Be sure to ask what frame rate your VR experience is running at the next time you strap into a VR headset.

VizMove Enterprise2Precise, wide-area motion tracking – Most VR experiences are seated, tracking only the direction your head faces at any given moment but not where it is positioned in physical space. Some systems are beginning to integrate limited position tracking. Our VizMove virtual reality systems come with full wide-area motion tracking that is accurate to the millimeter and can be scaled to fit entire gymnasiums.

3Intuitive navigation and interaction – If your VR system is limited to using an XBox controller and an Oculus Rift, the effectiveness of your VR experience will be commensurably limited. Our VizMove VR systems come with a standard WorldViz interaction device called the PPT Wand, but the advantage of using our software, Vizard, is that it allows you to connect to any combination of interaction devices depending on what best fits your needs.

4Support and domain expertise – Be sure you purchase a system you know how to use, backed by a team of VR domain experts that know how to teach you. WorldViz’s support service is made available with every system purchase. We’ve been designing VR systems for Fortune 500 companies and top research institutions for 14 years and many of our technicians have worked on virtual reality technology for even longer. The success of your first few steps into virtual reality relies on a seamless hand-off of knowledge and domain expertise from our team to yours.