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Architecture, Design, VR, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) has quickly become an asset in the architect’s toolbox, breathing life into their designs. Given the overall rise in popularity and availability, VR has become one of the preferred solutions in answering some of the barriers you may have in your project’s process. As businesses and firms continue to recognize the practicality and functionality that VR for architects provides, this technology continually moves past entertainment and into Enterprise.


How to Use VR in Architecture

In a broad sense, VR builds a bridge between some points of friction you may face during a project’s external and internal process.


External

We have previously covered in our post last week how using VR could aid in external interaction, especially with your clients. One of the key components of a successful designer-client relationship is clear and effective communication. As an architect, you are accustomed to reading and deciphering a floorplan of a space, however, your clients may not even know any of the technical terms commonly used in your field. Immersing your clients in VR allows you to share your vision in a way they can easily understand.


Internal

Your final product that is on display in center stage for your clients to see is the result of hard work behind the scenes. And the beauty of VR is that it’s versatile enough to be applied to all areas of your workflow. Using VR for architecture has many key benefits especially during the internal design development stage.


So how exactly would VR be useful for architects and designers?


“Architects and designers in our worldwide offices are now using VR technology on a daily basis to discover new insights into their design ideas.”

James Vandezande, Director of Design Technology at HOK


The Ultimate Validation Tool

As with any project, there is the limitation of wanting to churn out your client’s vision in a timely manner. Having a fast turnover rate helps you stay competitive, professional, and client-focused. However, there are projects that will be more challenging than others, and having a clear sense of direction not only helpful, but it will be critical in concluding a project efficiently. In order to do so, seeing design information efficiently will be a crucial part of the process of getting from start to finish. Whether the challenge is a limited office area or a huge concert auditorium, VR provides a solution to communicate more efficiently with greater clarity.


“We can get into a challenging space and immediately understand if it feels and works the way we intended. It’s a much faster way to look at design information. I just spent 30 seconds inside this interactive model and saw the amount of information that might have taken 20 different drawings to communicate.”

Eli Hoisington, Design Principal, HOK St. Louis Office



Being able to see your space makes all the difference. Not only does it make it clearer to you, the individual designer, but to the rest of your team. Information that would have been challenging to communicate previously is understood instantly when stepping into your project in VR. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to discuss with your team the feasibility of certain structures your client may have requested. Whether the design or configuration isn’t functional or you’re unsure about what the quality of the end result would be, utilizing VR as a validation tool helps you understand the flaws of your design, and promotes discussions on how to fix it.


Enhance Your Communication

On that same wavelength, the clarity that VR provides is helpful during the revision process amongst your colleagues. As Eli pointed out, stepping into your design in VR helps you immediately understand what the space feels like and if it turned out the way you expected. Although it’s a great feeling when the result is better than you hoped for, using VR in architecture highlights improvements needed in your design.


“Throwing our design into VR would quickly reveal tasks and revisions we needed to accomplish and help us figure it out much more quickly in the design process.”

Andrew Chung, Diamond Schmitt Architects


Like Andrew was saying, viewing your design in VR helps you and your team to catch any errors that may not be necessarily noticeable in drawings. On top of that, it gives the opportunity to brainstorm more ideas for making a certain area or structure more efficient, practical, or aesthetically pleasing to take your design to the next level. Being able to iron out the last remaining creases will be useful in finalizing a design before presenting it to your client for further revisions.


Furthermore, fostering good communication is not only valuable when interacting with your clients, but also amongst the team. Understanding your fellow designer’s struggle with an area of the design or pointing out areas of enhancement is all part of encouraging cohesion in your team. With breaking the visualization barrier, VR promotes clearer collaboration with your design team.


Share Your Design Remotely

VR has become more advanced and readily available, creating a variety of VR business-ready solutions suitable for any company. Many architecture firms have opted to adopt the tetherless VR option as it allows for greater flexibility and mobility of transport. Additionally, it’s a more cost-effective route as tethered VR requires a powerful computer to support the program and the headset. While you can pass along the headset to your colleagues and clients when you meet with them in person, a number of business-ready VR companies have made it possible to share your designs remotely.


Here at Yulio, we have simplified the sharing process and thought about how you really work so you can collaborate with your team or your clients anywhere in the world. Our Collaborate feature is our most used feature and allows you to present your design to your clients, colleagues, and prospects around the world or in the same room. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of allowing your team to peruse through your design while also having the option to spotlight certain areas for their feedback. Plus, with our gaze indicators, you can always see what your client is looking at and get context for their comments and feedback. Whether your team is in the same room as you or on the other side of the world, remote participants can join in from anywhere on both headset or our browser-based fishtank mode. Your clients and prospects don’t require a headset or Yulio seat to view a Collaborate session in our browser mode, so there are no barriers to sharing your vision.


Being able to share your projects in this way is useful to both small and large firms. Whether you’re working as a freelance architect or your firm has numerous offices worldwide, being able to share your project has never been easier.


“Mobile VR worked better for us because it gave us the opportunity to communicate through everyday, accessible objects like smartphones.”

Andrew Chung, Diamond Schmitt Architects

The Value of VR for Architects

VR is a malleable and versatile platform, allowing architects to implement it into various areas of their project workflow. Primarily in a project’s design development stage, VR is a useful tool to foster greater communication between your design team. As a result, VR can encourage a flow of ideas on how to further improve your design and push you to be the best designer you can be.


Here at Yulio, we strive for excellence in performance and integrity when it comes to our product, and customer service. Check out our Whitepaper on the right way to integrate VR into your business for maximum ROI. To learn more about us and what we offer, please visit our page or take our product tour.

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Architecture, Business, VR, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a piece of advanced technology that has recently become popular across various industries. Although the tech is most commonly associated with the entertainment industry, VR’s flexibility and adaptability have been successful in Enterprise too. From real estate to hospitality, the opportunities for applying VR into your workflow are endless. One such industry that has been greatly affected by VR is the architecture industry.


For those in architecture, being able to visualize a design is one of the most crucial steps in the design process. VR has become an asset in architecture, allowing designers to step into their design and see their vision with clarity. By having a greater understanding of scale, proportion, and texture, using VR in architecture has become a viable business solution.


However, VR is a powerful and adaptable tool that does not only enhance your internal design process. This technology also has the ability to transform all external interactions you may have with your clients.


Create a Perfect Understanding

Diamond Schmitt Architects (DSAI) had recently partnered with Ingenium, Canada’s Museum of Science and Innovation to design an adjacent building to the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. Designing the new building was a huge project, prompting DSAI to dabble with advanced tools that would help both the designers and clients understand the project better. The VR portion started off as a side project. However, it quickly progressed into an asset promoting better communication between DSAI and their client.


“Before VR, the client understood the concept, but didn’t feel the visceral connection. We noticed a much more emotional response once they viewed our design in VR, in contrast to an almost clinical approach when they looked at plans.”

Andrew Chung, Diamond Schmitt Architects


Using Virtual Reality in architecture allows you to create a perfect understanding between you and your client. Try and think from your client’s perspective. Your design team may be well acquainted with looking at a floorplan but your client may not be as familiar. With the ability to step into the design, your clients will be able to orient themselves with a better understanding of the space. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to carry on the conversation. Andrew found that “the client engaged in a dialogue with [them] much more frequently”. By showing rather than telling, effectively communicate with your clients with greater clarity, and generate more continuous conversation.


Actions Speak Louder than Words

Again, put yourself in your client’s shoes. When teaming up with an architecture firm for a project, what makes for an exceptional experience? What would convince you to not only seek their services in the future but also tell others about it? Sure, one key characteristic is clear communication. However, as a client, being heard and understood is another key component. Receiving timely and accurate changes based on the feedback submitted is arguably the most important for a client-to-business relationship. Not only does this show that you are attentive to your client’s vision, but it also shows that you are committed and active in the design process. Although this may be intuitive, it is always better to remember that when your clients see changes made based on their comments, your actions now become tangible to them.

Nowadays, VR has become even more advanced than ever before. As such, features like recording feedback while in the VR environment is now possible and available. Yulio’s newest feature, Project Markup, allows you to do just that. Launching a Collaborate session allows you to draw directly on your VR project to highlight edits and lets your clients see them applied in real time. By giving your clients the opportunity to see your comments, you show that you actively listening, engaged in the revision process, and committed to achieving their vision. 


Decide Easier, Better, and Quicker

Revisions take time, and the constant back and forth between client and designer is quite costly. However, with VR, you are now able to cut the number of meeting times significantly. There are two main ways that VR is a solution to this inconvenience:


Confidence and Trust

Similar to the previous point, showing your client that you have understood their vision is an important part of building a solid relationship between you and your client. Not only does this establish trust between both parties, but also confidence in your abilities on delivering their vision. The more your client has confidence in your skills, the more they will trust you in the decision making process. This will help both the client decide quicker, but also you as a designer receive the feedback needed in a timely manner.  As a result, both the client and designer greatly benefit.


Seeing is Believing

Being able to see a space with your eyes makes a huge difference. However, it may be more difficult for your client to understand your plan and give insightful feedback based on it.


“Architects and designers often forget they’ve been training for years to understand and interpret design drawings. There is a struggle in ensuring there’s a connection between what we conceive and what the clients perceive. Allowing spaces to be viewed in VR makes our process more streamlined.” – Alex Garrison, Gensler


Whether you are presenting different layout options or wanting your client’s opinion on a specific area, presenting it in VR could reduce the gap between designer and client. Get answers like “I don’t think this captures our vision” or “this is absolutely perfect” by showing your clients rather than just telling.


Experience the Benefits of a Deeper Client Relationship of Using VR in Architecture

So far, we have explored the benefits of implementing VR in architecture by fostering a greater connection with your clients. However, this process actually encourages a symbiotic relationship between both client and designer. As the client is receiving what they need from the designer, the designer is also being pushed out of their comfort zone and challenged to be the best designer they can be. With bigger and more unique projects coming your way, the various opportunities will stretch your repertoire, adding to your already existing and extensive skillset. Begin building a deeper connection with your clients, and set yourself from the others with VR.


Here at Yulio, we strive for excellence in performance and integrity when it comes to our product, and customer service. Want to hear more winning VR stories? Check out these case studies of companies successfully integrating VR into their business here. Check out our Whitepaper on the right way to integrate VR into your business for maximum ROI.

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How to, VR, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Knowing a new technology is going to be important for business is one thing, developing a great use case for it, is entirely different.   In the 90s, with a heightened fear of missing out (and that’s before we had an acronym for it), CEO’s rapidly commissioned the creation of company websites to make sure they were keeping up with what was showing itself to be the new ‘must have’. Cut to early 2000s, it was all about having a mobile app. In those early days, with new technologies quickly evolving, business leaders weren’t sure what practical use a website or app was going to have to their business they just knew they needed one and so they made sure they had one. The results were that many of the early websites and mobile apps weren’t all that great. They often weren’t designed to solve a real problem or provide any real and tangible value to users. But the CEO could tell the board of directors they had one. It feels like we’re now in a similar place with learning how to use VR in business.

 

‘How to use VR?’
Jeremy Bailenson, head of Stanford University’s virtual reality lab remarked that “Most things don’t work in VR.” It’s a medium that has considerable strengths but it’s not suited to every application a creative marketing team might want to push it forward for. There are a lot of marketers and executives out there figuring out how to use VR. At Yulio we say that if you use images or video to tell your story today – you can do it better with VR. It has to be done with a clear and considered strategy however and we are seeing this being done brilliantly in a number of industries who have already figured out how to use VR;

Construction, Design & Real Estate – VR makes it real
VR is already enabling real estate professionals to showcase properties to potential buyers from anywhere in the world allowing them to experience clear details of, not only interior layouts and specifications but also property locations, views, and neighborhoods. With Yulio’s own technology architects and designers are able to give clients rich, immersive tours of their designs. Clients viewing unbuilt properties in this way are more able to imagine themselves living in new environments and, as a result, designers are becoming better equipped to create environments clients want and greatly reduce gaps between client expectation and eventual reality.  


 

 
Marketing & Advertising VR Experiences
With its unique ability to go beyond ‘showing’ products or stories and have viewers experience them, VR has delivered an entirely new toolset to marketers and advertisers. Studies have shown VR to deliver a 27% higher emotional engagement and 34% longer engagement than 2D content, so, for those already using images or videos to tell their story, it is a very compelling new option. VR gives consumers more control, allowing them to enter an experience alone, decide where they choose to go, how long they’re there for and what they see. We’ve obviously seen first-hand this dynamic method of idea communication at work in architectural and interior design whereby complex ideas and new environments can be communicated through immersing viewers directly within them. Once immersed, viewers can lead their own experience, progressing through the design story at their own pace and choosing to take their own detours – yet all within parameters set by the designer. Numerous brands including Jaguar, Coke, Etihad Airways, Audi and The New York Times have rolled out experiential marketing campaigns using VR. From enabling people to virtually experience the luxurious surroundings of Etihad’s first class airline cabin, to placing them on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, VR is enabling marketers to interact with their customers in more unique ways than ever before.


 

 Retail – Shop in VR
VR has been shown as a compelling new solution for retailers and one with the potential to help them face the challenges of a rapidly changing digital retail landscape. Startups such as Bold Metrics have been using VR technology to create ‘virtual maps’ of shoppers’ bodies, allowing them to virtually try on clothes or shoes in a 3D environment. With the latest developing technologies, shoppers will also soon be offered opportunities to visit virtual malls where virtual stores can be visited and products viewed in styled, curated, virtual environments. And while shopping may continue to be a social and recreational experience where people enjoy visiting physical environments, retailers are able to put their customers in flagship locations, fashion shows and more regardless of where they’re located.


 

Retail VR also has huge potential to limit the real estate required by major chains – if you can show off thousands of products in a headset, you need far less big box stores.



 

VR for Events & Conferences
Virtual Reality is seeing success in the events industry and even has some celebrity credibility. Paul McCartney recently released a 360-degree concert recording through a VR app linked to Google Cardboard. This meant anyone could experience his concert at a fraction of the cost and without the cramped train ride home afterward. In the same vein, conference organizers are using VR technology to power virtual conference attendance and also creating collective experiences among those who do attend; Intel CEO Brian Krzanich took 250 attendees at CES 2017 on a live inspection of a solar power plant in Moapa River Indian Reservation. And smaller event planners are learning how to use VR to attract exhibitors, showing off a virtual representation of the show floor, or showcasing last year’s event.


 

Healthcare
With its unique abilities to immerse viewers in that which is too complex to model using other means or is long distances away, VR has found a clear home in Healthcare. From training surgeons to treating phobias and developing new life-saving techniques, it is allowing professionals to learn new skills – or refresh existing ones – in a safe and adaptable environment. VR is being used as a smart diagnostic tool, enabling doctors to immerse patients in virtual environments, carrying out functional tests for some neurodegenerative disorders in order to come to a diagnosis without invasive surgery or other methods of treatment. Other use cases include helping the elderly in nursing homes ‘travel-by-goggles’ and in treatments for behavioral and mental health issues, using virtual immersion therapy.

Automotive
The automotive industry has adopted VR in a number of unique and intelligent ways, such as taking potential customers through exhilarating experiences in virtual high-performance cars, or checking the specifications and personalizing cars while in the dealership itself. Audi has been offering immersive car tours and virtual test drives and Ford have been working with the Oculus Rift team to design, prototype and evaluate vehicles in a virtual setting. This is already bringing significant change to the dealership experience, as well as saving car manufacturers millions of dollars in testing elements of new cars. Learning how to use VR has been key for an industry that knows its customers dislike interacting with sales teams, and even entering dealerships – offering exciting experiences people can navigate on their own goes a long way to overcome the issue.

Manufacturing
Similarly to the automotive industry, VR has the potential to transform manufacturing by offering major efficiencies through virtual training. While Manufacturing may seem too practical to worry about how to use VR, it falls into a winning pattern of using VR for things that are large and complex or expensive to model. Students can learn engine repairs on large, complex machinery or specialized devices using virtual models rather than the real thing. This type of virtual training has the power to heighten the technical skills of graduates more quickly and efficiently in in-demand trades, such as welding, plumbing, and electrical.


These are just a handful of industries where we see VR being used transformatively. The truth is VR has the potential to bring significant changes to a lot more. What we suggest? Get started today, for free. You can bring VR to your vision with Yulio in a free account.
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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Most of the attention that today’s Virtual Reality technology gets is focused on its uses in the gaming and entertainment world. But any architect or interior designer who’s half awake knows that the A&D community is in the middle of a VR revolution: and it’s not over yet. Here are two ways VR changing architecture and design already. Who knows what’ll be next?


New client experience


The way your clients experience the collaboration process will be unlike they’ve ever experienced before. Instead of attempting to visualize their project from a piece of paper, they’ll know exactly what you’ve got in mind and exactly what they’re getting prior to construction. This reduces hesitation, improves their decision-making abilities and makes them feel a lot more comfortable about the process–which, for most non-designers, can be an intimidating one. Being able to place your clients in your designs, and guide them through the entire experience with tools like Yulio’s collaboration feature, is a first-class experience they can’t help but love. But with new experiences come new expectations. Once your clients have experienced VR-assisted collaboration, nothing else will compare. Next time around, you can be sure there’s one thing they’ll be asking for.

New services = new revenue stream


With new technology comes new opportunities for adding value to clients–and, well, making money. Take one of our clients–a major Canadian design firm – who use Yulio to offer a service they’d never been able to offer before. The firm created a new service offering and revenue stream entirely around designing ‘virtual’ designs for empty units for sale by one of Canada’s top 10 national real estate companies. Before this, the real estate company was spending $50-$60 per square foot to construct a real-life demo unit. So, their new virtual demo arrangement is a win for both parties. And can you guess who the buyers turn to when it’s time for real design work?

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is some of the most interesting technology of the decade, with the potential to transform a lot of industries. It offers many opportunities for businesses. And today we will cover 2 benefits you can get employing VR – saving time and money. Here’s how.


1. Solve problems

Where a printed rendering will reveal only so much, virtual reality is the closest thing we have to being actually inside a space. Before virtual reality, there were some things – like sightlines or other obscurities – that were barely noticeable until a space had been constructed.

Viewing spaces in virtual reality has all the magic of constructing a space, without any construction required. What you see in virtual reality is what you get – and it’s a whole lot cheaper to predict these issues before the hammer and nails come out.

 

2. Travel less

While travel is only one aspect of the collaboration process, anyone who deals with high-touch clients knows that getting on the road is more than an inconvenience: it’s also a huge time-waster.

While we’ll never claim that virtual reality should (or will) replace real face-to-face human contact, it can certainly reduce the need for unnecessary touchpoints. Got a quick revision you want a client to take a look at? Send them a link and it’ll be loaded in their VR headset in an instant.

Our clients report cutting down on client visits by about 50% – and the best part is that virtual reality communicates your vision so clearly that clients aren’t left feeling neglected or confused!

 

3. Shorten the collaboration process

Virtual reality’s star quality is its ability to communicate your vision in all its glory – which has impacts on the collaboration process. Visualization is particularly important for your clients, who are unlikely to be as skilled as you at picturing themselves in a space from a simple picture.

Our clients have told us that where clients used to take hours or even days to make decisions about certain elements of a design, virtual reality reduces this to seconds. The more they can see and experience your design, the less talking you have to do.

Ready to get cracking with virtual reality? Sign up for our free trial and try it for yourself.

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality
To most of us, Virtual Reality is interesting–but intimidating. The most common objections we get from architects and designers usually stem from fear: “I’m not technical–how will I know how to use VR? Will everyone on my team be able to learn this technology? What about my clients?” A mobile VR platform like Yulio solves all of the above, and more.

Converting from CAD to VR

Converting to VR from  your authoring environment is simple with VR CAD plugins, and requires virtually no extra work. Just render your 3D environment with the plugin specific to your CAD tool, and you’ve got everything you need to upload to Yulio.

File Management

Once you’re ready to upload, it gets even easier. Yulio’s file management system is as simple as it gets: if you know how to use Dropbox (or a computer, really), you know how to manage your files in Yulio.  

Viewing in VR

Viewing your VR files is as simple as downloading the free Yulio Viewer app to your smartphone and connecting it to your Yulio account. Any time you want to view a design in VR, just click ‘View in VR’ on yulio.com and it’ll be sent to your phone. This makes the process of handing a headset to a client smooth and painless. Once they’re immersed in VR, you’ll be able to guide them through a space using Yulio’s live-stream Collaborate feature, giving your client an impressive (but not overwhelming) experience.

Your Clients

At the end of the day, clients are your top priority. You’ll no doubt want to make sure their VR experience is enjoyable and hassle-free. That’s why Yulio is designed for you and your clients. If your client wants to view VR designs in their own smartphone, all they’ll need is the app and your design’s special URL, which you can share with them in seconds. The best part about the simplicity of mobile VR is that it comes at no cost to sophistication–or power. Even with a simple smartphone and a pocket-sized headset, the reactions VR elicits are one of a kind. Give it a try–you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
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Everything Else, News and Updates, Your Business + Virtual Reality
We’ve got something exciting to announce: you can now view 360 photos in Yulio! If you’re a Yulio user, check out our Knowledge Base article for more technical information and a guide on this Yulio feature update. Why should you use 360 photos? In the same way that a 2D image of an architectural rendering is nothing like experiencing that same rendering in Virtual Reality, viewing a 360 photograph is an entirely new experience: it’s captivating, fully immersive, and communicates better than anything how it really feels to be in a space. Your only competitor? Brick and mortar. Our clients use Yulio’s 360 photo capabilities in a number of ways:
  • Showcasing before and after photos in portfolios
  • Showcasing before photos with ‘after’ renderings
  • Presenting spaces off-site, without the need to for either party to travel
It’s early days, but 360 photography–and the entire Virtual Reality industry–is proving itself to be incredibly valuable for the A&D community (and their clients!). Ready to give it a go? Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Yulio’s Virtual Reality software and try out our Yulio feature update for yourself today.
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Everything Else, News and Updates, Your Business + Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is heralded by many as the beginning of the breakdown of society as we know it. If Virtual Reality starts to replace our Real Reality, we’ll spend our days inside a headset, preferring pixels to people and simulations to socializing. keep reading
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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Though virtual reality is a new tool for many, Yulio’s easy-to-use technology is designed for use by the whole team–from VPs, to designers, to the sales team. As you’ll see, there are numerous ways on how to implement VR in your business. 

 

“Conference room, now!”

It’s a good idea to introduce your new VR technology to the whole company before you begin. Explain why you’re using it, and the benefits it will bring to the entire team.

Outline how it will be used within the company, and assign roles and responsibilities to various team members.

Above all, make sure they know that this is designed to make their jobs easier, not harder. It’s hard to argue with that.

Side note: If they haven’t tried VR in business or at home until now, make sure you put a headset on them! If there’s one way to get people excited about VR, it’s letting them try it.

 

Use Yulio’s user management capabilities

It’s easy to set up your team in Yulio. You’ll need a Standard or Plus account, and admin rights to invite, delete and assign roles to users.

You can assign a user to one of three roles: admin, author, and presenter.

Give admin rights to your in-house VR champion–this gives them full capabilities within Yulio, including the ability to manage users.

For your architects, designers and 3D modellers, author rights are your best bet. This gives them control over file management, but not user management.

For your salespeople or team members who’ll only need to select and present VR experiences for viewing, presenter rights are what you need. They’ll be able to navigate through your files, and view the files they need, without making any changes within the system.

With your team’s roles designated within Yulio, we think  you’ll find working with Yulio a lot smoother.

For a detailed explanation on assigning user roles, check out our article on the Yulio Knowledge Base about this.

 

Get them comfortable

Don’t throw your team into the deep end. Although Yulio is designed with grandma-tested simplicity, it’s still new technology, and your team will inevitably have their inhibitions about it.

Make sure they’re comfortable with how it works before they start using it (this is particularly important for client-facing team members).

Let them know that any problems or any questions on how they can use VR in business, they have can be directed to our friendly support staff at support@yulio.com and 416-499-2227. Of course, there’s always our trusty Knowledge Base if you’re looking for some quick self-help.

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

So you’ve just stepped into the world of virtual reality, and you’re quickly discovering what an amazing business tool it can be. Oh, and how straight-up cool it is. But if you’re wondering how to use VR in business and integrate it as a part of your brand and service offering, here’s a few tips to get you started. keep reading

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Feeling a little divide between you and them? Here are a few tips to rejig the way you interact with clients and enhance your client collaboration.

1. Communicate through technology.


If you’re new to the concept of virtual reality, here’s a quick overview of what it can do for your client collaboration.

Virtual reality allows your clients (who often don’t have the inherent visualization skills you have) to truly experience a design. It’s the closest they’ll get to being in the space without… well… being in the space.

This means they’ll make decisions and identify design issues faster (without any construction required), and have a better idea of what they’re getting before construction even begins.

2. Guide and moderate their viewing experience.


Let them know where they are and where you’re taking them, and point out certain features of interest if they seem a little overwhelmed in the space. Be sure to give them a quick overview of the software and hardware if it’s new to them, and let them know that its sole purpose is to help you share your ideas easier.

3. Don’t let technology replace human to human connection.


Technology is exciting and revolutionary, but it’ll never beat a good old-fashioned face-to-face meeting. If you’re using virtual reality in a meeting with clients, be sure to spend plenty of time with the goggles off, and make a little eye contact! And, no matter how tech-savvy you and your clients are, don’t let remote collaboration sessions fully replace onsite meetings. Ever.

Ready to put your client collaboration on steroids? Sign up for a free trial of Yulio today.

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has already earned the attention of many industries, and it’s not surprising at all – possibilities created by VR for business are countless. However, explaining to your clients that you’re using virtual reality can be a daunting task – especially for those still using flip phones (you know the kind). But while virtual reality is undoubtedly sophisticated technology, it’s also incredibly simple to use. Here’s our top three tips on seamlessly introducing virtual reality to your clients.

1. Get the goggles on them – first thing.

Don’t confuse them with words like headsets and virtual reality and VRE’s. The best way to explain virtual reality is to just hand them a pair of goggles. Have a sample space (from our Showcase, if you’d like) already loaded – that’s when the penny drops.

Once they’ve had their “Holy Guacamole” moment, then you can get into depth about how you’ll be using virtual reality to collaborate better with them.

2. Start with your own headset.

Don’t send them a brand new headset straight off the bat with a hurried two-line email about how to use it. The best way to ease clients into the world of virtual reality is to have it set up beforehand and ready for them to try right then and there.

If they express interest in doing it themselves, or you’ve already introduced it to them and you now want to simplify your collaboration process, that’s the time to consider getting them set up with a headset.

3. Reassure them.

We humans usually take a little while to adjust to change. Let your clients know (before anything else) that this new technology isn’t designed to confuse them or get more money out of them – it’s just a newer, better way of letting them see what’s in your head.

Once you start walking them through it, they’ll see how easy and approachable it really is.

And – trust us – they won’t want to go back.

Want to get started with virtual reality? Click here to get your free trial up and running.

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Everything Else, Your Business + Virtual Reality

Ultimately, there are two things you’ll need to consider when buying a virtual reality (VR) headset for the first time: cost, and quality.

While there are dozens of headsets out there, and more joining the market every day (a quick Google search will leave you feeling more than a little overwhelmed), here are a few classics we recommend for business users.*

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