Virtual reality immersion with an architectural design software application

  • US 10,783,284 B2
  • Filed: 10/14/2015
  • Issued: 09/22/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/15/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A virtual reality system, comprising:

  • one or more virtual reality components, wherein the one or more virtual reality components comprise;

    (i) a virtual reality module coupled to a display screen, and (ii) one or more position tracking sensors, wherein the one or more position tracking sensors identify a relative location of a user with respect to a physical space; and

    computer-executable instructions of a design program loaded into memory and processed at a central processing unit to cause the virtual reality system to display a three- dimensional view of an architectural design to the user through the one or more virtual reality components, the computer-executable instructions including instructions that are executable to cause the virtual reality system to perform at least the following;

    access an architectural design file that includes an architectural design that is renderable to create a three-dimensional image of the architectural design, wherein the architectural design comprises a design for a particular physical space;

    receive a communication from the one or more position tracking sensors, wherein the communication comprises an indication of a relative direction that the virtual reality module is facing, and a location of the user with respect to the one or more position tracking sensors, wherein the user is located within the particular physical space;

    associate the user with a first bookmark within the architectural design file, wherein;

    the first bookmark comprises a virtual pre-determined position and virtual view direction within the architectural design file,the first bookmark is associated with a particular physical location and physical view direction within the particular physical space,the particular physical location and the virtual pre-determined position comprising the same relative position within the architectural design file and an architectural space surrounding the user, andthe physical view direction and the virtual view direction comprising the same relative view direction within the architectural design file and the architectural space surrounding the user;

    render at least a portion of an architectural design file, wherein the rendered portion of the architectural design file comprises a three-dimensional image that corresponds with the relative direction that the virtual reality module is facing; and

    transmit to the virtual reality module the rendered portion of the architectural design file.

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