WITH THE NEXT GENERATION of clients becoming increasingly tech-focused, can virtual reality and similar software improve the way we design and present the finished product? Anastasia Yushkova, CEO and Founder of Anchor-VR, tried to answer this question during the panel discussion on Virtual Reality at The Superyacht Design Forum, organized by The Superyacht Group at Design Center, Chelsea Harbour in London on the 25 & 26 June 2019.
We were happy to share our knowledge about Virtual Reality, especially about Enterprise use of VR, with some impressive statistics as well as use cases from our collaboration with respected clients, like Abeking & Rasmussen, Reymond Langton Design and other. Our audience, professionally moderated by The Superyacht Group Editor Rory Jackson, was thrilled to discover the high value that VR/AR brings to product development, decreasing construction time by 25%, reducing the duration of meetings to review mock-ups by up to 50%, while having the potential to lower fail costs by up to 75%.
For the majority of our audience, which consisted of naval architects, designers and project managers, Virtual Reality was mainly associated with hype, expensive and difficult to adopt technology, while we cast a light on the value of VR for project development and project management, explaining how VR could move away from being a «cost center» to becoming a genuine «profit center» for the companies. For instance, by giving a chance to test design options without building a physical mock-up, validate the design quickly and at earlier stages, collaborate remotely with colleagues and stakeholders and optimize the decision making process.
The issue of readiness of VR technology was also raised during this panel discussion. Anastasia Yushkova explained about the progress that VR hardware has made in the last two years, including wireless head-mounted displays, powerful video cards, haptic and motion-capture technology. The audience agreed that the main barrier for the wider adoption of VR is lack of awareness. The earlier that those involved adopt the technology, the sooner they discover its advantages.