One of many companies currently supporting the growing demand for Virtual Reality (VR), Sketchfab, known for being a “Youtube for 3D Models”, has added features to their website, allowing users to exhibit their work in VR. In this recent post, company CEO and co-founder Alban discusses the likelihood of a Virtual Reality renaissance in 2016. Comparing the platform to its predecessors in digital media, audio and video, he notes that the final steps for any new form of media are: easy to use, working technology; affordable interfaces; and user generated content, prefacing that 2016 may be the year that VR reaches this final step.
Alban also discusses the often over-looked significance of VR. Though perceived by many as a new form of entertainment at best, and a replacement for real human interaction at worst, VR breaks the barriers for many practices – including architecture – to work on previously abstract, theoretical problems, in more tactile ways. Read the full article here.