4 Tips to Get Started With Virtual Reality

4 Tips to Get Started With Virtual Reality

The use of virtual reality (VR) is becoming increasingly common in the commercial design industry.

They can show a proposed space fully furnished and redesigned, let their customers see exactly what they will be using. Along with its cousins, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), virtual reality allows designers to push the boundaries of visualization, giving colleagues and clients new ways to experience and understand a building or space long before it is actually built. With VR, they can transmit not just what a building will look like, but also what it will feel like.

With the dizzying rate of technology advancement and growing options, here are four considerations if your company is thinking of entering this brave new virtual world.

1) VR is a rapidly changing industry.

Virtual reality has been around in some form for decades (with the first head-mounted systems debuting in 1968), but the technology has not been elastic or advanced enough to have a widespread application until now. With advances in mobile technology, which placed high-resolution imagery into everyone’s hands, VR has experienced an explosion in the past two years.

Widely available head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and Google Cardboard have brought VR into the mainstream and made it more affordable (although costs generally still run from hundreds to thousands). Facebook’s purchase of Oculus for $2 billion in 2014 also offered the industry a highly visible boost.

Jeff Mottle, president and CEO of CGarchitect Digital Media Corp. and publisher of CGarchitect said that “...one of the challenges to start is that everything is changing so quickly, not everyone has the time or resources to try every one of these HMDs”.

“I’d really like to see these VR companies realize that there’s a market beyond gaming and the consumer market. I would like them to see that there are some huge opportunities and synergies with the design world". Mottle says.

2) VR, AR, and MR are similar but have different capabilities.

VR is the immersive, full-headset experience that most people associate with this technology. With virtual reality, you’re immersing yourself in a virtual environment and closing yourself off completely from the outside world.

With augmented reality, data and/or instructional information are animated over the real-world view, often through smaller devices such as a mobile phone or tablet. Pokémon Go is a popular consumer example of an augmented-reality app; a professional use case would be an engineer remotely teaching a mechanic how to repair something.

Then there’s MR: Mixing together aspects of VR and AR, MR takes virtual objects and overlays them onto the real world. Two people (say, an architect and a structural engineer based in another country) can be networked into a virtual world where they can interact together with a virtual building on a real site.

3) Designers and architects can use VR at various stages in the design process.

One benefit of VR is that it can be rendered at different Levels of Detail, so in the early design phase, we could have an immersive experience in a non-photorealistic room, just to get a sense of spatial relationships and massing. Or the experience could be hyperreal, so that a VR video could have soft sunlight filtering down through a clerestory window, with the sound of birds chirping outside (for client presentations).

Increasingly, architects are integrating VR hardware such as HTC Vive and Oculus with BIM software. “This will allow architects and clients alike to truly understand the spatial qualities of the project,” says Kim Baumann Larsen, an architect and the VR advisor for The Future Group. “This spatial understanding should make clients more confident in the design and reduce time spent in meetings and the use of lateral design revisions.”

Mobile VR architecture solutions using cardboard headsets and a smartphone are another increasingly popular solution. Stereo 360 panoramic images can be rendered directly from the BIM software such as Autodesk, Revit or using a visualization tool like 3ds Max with V-Ray, and publish the images to the web using third-party services like Yulio, VRto.me or IrisVR Scope.

4) VR has some catching up to do with the architecture industry.

VR requires a fair amount of expertise, and it’s challenging for architects and designers to find work time to experiment with the technology. “For the most part, VR relies on gaming engines to develop these immersive experiences,” Mottle says. “That has a whole different workflow and paradigm than architecture.”

He hopes that manufacturers will see the potential for developing VR solutions specifically geared toward architecture. Already, some firms are translating BIM data into VR with platforms such as Autodesk LIVE and Stingray, which maintains important building data that other gaming systems don’t capture. For now, though, gaming systems tend to focus on creating idealized end-user VR experiences rather than applications for iterative building-project design and construction.  The more the design and architecture get involved with VR, the more they can shape the future marketplace. 

But Larsen says architects shouldn’t wait to dig in: “Get a PC-based VR system like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift for exploring design from BIM tools and play with mobile VR using cardboard and Gear VR and Google’s View to distribute your designs in VR to clients and collaborators alike. The most important thing is to start experimenting.”

Source: Redshift by Autodesk

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Special Giveaway – Neocon 2018 Edition

Special Giveaway – Neocon 2018 Edition

The day has finally come to announce our awesome giveaway. 50 years is such a significant milestone for anything in life, and for the most important event for the commercial and design industry, there is no exception. At KiSP we create, develop and provide client-facing solutions to all key players in the office furniture industry among others. We’re a company that is always thinking and always creating. We research, we develop and we push the envelope to be the first – the first to deliver what's next.

NeoCon will feature game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access to the latest and most innovative solutions in commercial design.

We are joining in the excitement of this year’s celebration with the opportunity for attendees to win a special gift. You could take home a pair of Homido glasses, a free VR Mock-up space featuring your rockstar product at Neocon or a mock-up space inspired in your Showroom/display.

How to enter:

  1. FOLLOW @KiSPInc at Instagram
  2. TAKE  a photo of your newest / featured product or your Showroom/Display at NeoCon and SHARE it using #KiSPVRme
  3. TAG two friends so they can enter too.
  4. EXTRA POINTS if you share photos of what products or showrooms inspires you the most at NeoCon with the #bepartofwhatsnext

You can increase your chances of winning by liking (1 extra entry) and sharing (3 extra entry) on Facebook (optional).

**Ten (10) winners will be picked.

 

RULES:

  • You must follow KiSP Inc Instagram account to qualify.
  • All entries must be submitted by June 20, at 6 pm EST.
  • You must share each image post with the indicated hashtags.
  • We ask that PRIVATE accounts are made PUBLIC during the giveaway in order to be entered.
  • The winners will be announced on June 22, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries.

Good luck!

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc.

By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

Going to Neocon this year? 5 things you NEED to know.

Going to Neocon this year? 5 things you NEED to know.

Is that time where the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry take place.  It’s NeoCon time!

In case you’re still undecided about whether or not to go or if you already registered to be in there, we have compiled the 5 most important attractions in this year's edition.

 

This is the 50th edition.

Yes, we know this is the obvious thing to know but is worth to list. The Show celebrated every year since 1969 at the Mart in Chicago, is now open for its 50th edition.

Every year, the show receives hundreds and hundreds of visitors who enjoy and see the innovation of more than 500 companies including established manufacturers in the market as well as emerging companies that choose this space to showcase thousands of new products and services.

The categories that are always present and not the exception this year are Furniture, Fabrics, Flooring, Interior Building Products, Interior Finishes, and Technology.

 

A redesigned website featuring a new blog.

On the occasion of the 50th edition, they have launched a blog to keep us updated on every detail of the event. It will include also exclusive interviews with top designers, keynote presenters and exhibiting factories will be shared with the community.

They will give us a behind-the-scenes look at all this celebration, subscribe to the blog here so you don’t miss anything http://www.neocon.com/blog/welcome.

 

Heavyweights companies.

The 50th edition will feature 500 companies including well-known companies such as Herman Miller, Knoll, OFS Brands, Shaw, and Steelcase as well as new showrooms from Scandinavian Spaces and NappaTile.

International companies will be exhibiting for the first time on the 7th floor such as Narbutas Furniture Company (Lithuania), DeVorm (Netherlands), Polarmoss USA (Finland), Luceplan USA (Italy) and Lovair (UK).

 

Mindblowing Marquee Presentations.

In honor of Neocon’s 50th Edition, they will bring us outstanding keynote presenters this year, Art Gensler, Founder of Gensler; Cindy Allen, Interior Design editor in chief; Nick Thompson, new editor-in-chief of Wired and Carol Ross Barney, Founder and Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects

The Marquee presentations also include panels, talks that will reflect on innovations in the contract industry and discuss the infinite possibilities for the future of commercial design.  

And last but not least…

 

Virtual Reality.

Virtual reality, as last year, will be one of the most used tools during the event. The immersion experience offered by virtual reality will give attendees a real taste and feel of this new concepts and spaces.  Our Visualization team is already working to help clients who trusted our team to develop their ideas for presentations at Neocon.

If you need assistance with your presentation for Neocon, feel free to contact us at 416-499-2457 ext 2741/2706 or shoot us an email at renderings@kisptech.com.

 

We're preparing a surprise giveaway for all of the attendings. Subscribe to our mailing list or keep an eye on us through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to get all the details.

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When: June 11-13, 2018.

Where: The Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Emerging industries for 2018

Emerging industries for 2018

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has always been one of the end goals for the gaming industry—another high-growth industry for 2018. In 2018, VR becomes more “reality” than “virtual,” with many new startups entering the game.

Other industries that are using Virtual Reality as a hands-down best tool for sales are the Office Furniture and Real Estate. Companies like Steelcase, are taking advantage of these new technologies and experimenting with new ways to use virtual reality.

KiSP is one of the first companies in the furniture industry to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) in their portfolio of services. We've received an overwhelming amount of positive responses from our customers who are closing sales faster and winning more bids with virtual reality.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

VR gaming platforms like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now becoming more mainstream, raising the demand for developers of VR games. With these devices in place, VR has expanded into the cultural consciousness, and Steven Spielberg’s new movie Ready Player One — in which VR features heavily — could be the tipping point the industry was waiting for.

Virtual reality has grown into a billion-dollar industry that has disrupted not only the gaming and entertainment industries, it's opening up new educational opportunities in fields such as military, space, flight, archeology, medical, engineering, architecture and the fine arts.

 

If you have any questions about how to get started or would like a VR project sent directly to your phone, you can contact our team at renderings@kisptech.com.

 

 

Criptocurrency

This isn’t the first article you’ve seen mentioning cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has been all over the news lately, attracting a lot of attention to the cryptocurrency industry in general.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

Even though it's popularity this year, Bitcoin’s been around for years. What makes its so popular it is that a few months ago, August 1, 2017, Bitcoin forked to create Bitcoin Cash, allowing the original Bitcoin holders to “cash in.” This coincided with a change in its BIP 148, which in theory improves its reliability.

The immediate rise of cryptocurrencies is part of a general increase of interest in alternative banking options. The pull away from traditional banking is fuel by both technological advancements and the preferences of Millennials, who, according to a FICO report, “are more likely to consider non-traditional payment companies” because “they see value in the convenience, mobile support and ease of use.”

 

Traveling

The travel industry is evolving day after day, so all-inclusive and boutique hotels are old-fashioned.

 

Why should keep it on the radar?

Because of the wild success of Airbnb, or advancements in air travel making it more affordable. Also, the recent popularity of travel bloggers and Instagram-ers helps; these lifestyle influencers make their living through alternative travel recommendations.

Whatever the reason, 2018 will no doubt continue the rise in hotel alternatives. Design elements focus more on travel experiences than traveling itself, and even Airbnb now features experience recommendations on its homepage.

 

Source: 99designs

               Forbes

 

The Color of the Year 2018 is here! PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

The Color of the Year 2018 is here! PANTONE® 18-3838 Ultra Violet

On December 7, 2017, Pantone announced the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018, PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.

Ultra Violet in Home and Office Décor

In interiors, Ultra Violet can transform a room into one of extraordinary self-expression, or conversely, its polish can tone down a room with subdued, modern pairings. Adding spice and brightness, Ultra Violet calls attention to a tufted couch, a piece of art or accent wall. As a color that can take you in so many directions, Ultra Violet makes a statement in any space, whether it’s one of tradition and elegance or unexpected boldness.

“As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence".

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

To pay tribute to this rich and bold color that will conduct our senses on 2018, Matias S. from our Design team used the iconic Herman Miller Eames Chair to set a very powerful statement.

 

Questions? Get in contact

Wait no more to use the PANTONE 18-3838, Ultra Violet on your office design this year, we can help you. 

Contact us today and get a free quote.

Looking for inspiration?

Browse through our gallery and choose the design that suits best to what you are looking for, we will do the rest.

Countdown to NeoCon 2017

Countdown to NeoCon 2017

Countdown to Neocon 2017

(Chicago, IL- June 2017) It’s NeoCon time, yes! We are very excited to be attending to meet and catch up with most of our beloved client’s. Also, getting to know what is new in our industry and meet most of the key players. This is the place to be right now, is it?
Virtual reality will be one of the most used tools during the event this year. The immersion experience offered by virtual reality will give attendees a real taste and feel of this new concepts and spaces.

Our Visualization team worked hard over the last few weeks to help clients who trusted our team to develop their ideas for presentations here at Neocon.

Sergio Zilberman among other team members of KiSP Inc. will be attending so in case you run into them, greet them 🙂

Here’s a recap of everything you’re going to see this year:

  • An insider, first look at the exciting prototypes, innovations, and new products that will make an impact in the world of commercial interiors and beyond.
  • Powerful keynote presentations, which will be held in the new NeoCon Theater (Motorola, 19th floor) each day of the show.
  • 100 + accredited seminars lead by top thought leaders.
  • Invaluable, in-person networking events.

Plus, this year they welcome six new permanent additions to the event: Boss Design, ROTTET Collection, via seating, Carvart and DatesWeiser. In addition to new showrooms with plenty of first-time exhibitors to see in the 7th Floor Exhibition Hall.

There is no doubt that Neocon 2017 will give much to talk about for the rest of the year.

When: Monday, June 12 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 13 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday, June 14| 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: The Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Don’t miss any details of our adventures in Neocon this year, follow KiSP Inc. on the following social media channels: Facebook (@kispinc) and Twitter (@KiSPinc)

Open Office: 5 Tricks to Take Advantage of the Design

Open Office: 5 Tricks to Take Advantage of the Design
Open Office: 5 tricks to take advantage of the desing.

Today the concept of Open Office is prevailing in the design of new office spaces. Its supporters point out that these spaces foster cooperation among employees, eliminate the barriers imposed by the walls and private offices and increase the productivity and creativity of employees.

If you are looking to redesign your office space or want to get the most out of your open office design, here are 5 tricks that will help you reach and exceed those goals:

  • Furniture that is reconfigured

Use desktops and cabinets that can be reconfigured so employees can work individually or in collaboration. Mobile furniture is a must in an open office design.

  • Different heights

It offers alternatives to work standing or sitting with desks of adjustable heights, this will help increase the levels of energy and proactivity. A study at the University of Sydney found that people who spend 8 to 11 hours sitting daily can increase their chances of dying by 15 percent in four years. Healthy employees are not only more productive, they also show long-term loyalty to the business.

  • Spaces to think

Include in your design small spaces that allow employees to get away from the hustle so they can concentrate on some problem or need a quiet space to think. You can use configurable furniture such as sofas, movable walls or desks that can be arranged in such a way that they can be isolated momentarily from all distraction.

  • Spaces to interact

In my college days, I used to study for exams in the cafeteria or sitting on the benches near the classrooms entry with other students. This exercise is used in so-called social areas in open office designs. Use benches and long tables instead of individual chairs and tables, place them in the rest areas or the snack bar, allow your employees to interact each other and generate great ideas.

  • Freedom of workspace

Designing work spaces where the employee has the freedom to discover what works best for them is another trick that increases productivity. Giving them the freedom to occupy a space that feels best to them instead of assigning one will positively impact their long-term results. Whether in the center of the hustle, near the boss's office or in the cafeteria, letting them choose is needed.

If you need help designing an office that increases your employee's productivity, shoot us an email with your files and / or ideas and we'll provide you a free quote on visualizations services. Take a look at our gallery to see some of our recent work.

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