Teesside's Animmersion UK helps home-viewers customise a property interior using VR technology

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by David Prior

Teesside-based Animmersion UK has worked with a property developer to give house-buyers a revolutionary way of viewing homes using virtual reality technology.

Buyers at Kingswood Homes’ developments in Lancashire and Devon can don a VR headset and see walls shift and rooms appear and disappear as they walk through the completed shell of a property.

It allows buyers to customise the interior layout of a property to match their own lifestyle and ‘see’ in real time how the home would look with various floorplan configurations.

Kingswood Homes managing director Paul Jones said: “The layout of a home is hugely personal yet is currently determined largely for the convenience of the developer not the customer.

“We have reversed that and the VR technology allows customers to walk through an actual property and see how the different layout options would suit them.

“For example, one option is to turn a four-bedroom property into one with three en-suite bedrooms. Another would be to open up the ground floor to create vast open-plan living space. It’s hard to visualise from a floor plan, but we can now let customers stand in the shell of a house and see it transform in front of their eyes."

Animmersion utilised gaming engine technology to create the bespoke viewing technology.

The VR technology links to an external tablet device to enable agents to support the customer wearing the headset, guiding them and sharing the experience from outside the virtual environment.

Samuel Harrison, MD of Animmersion UK, said: “Virtual Reality and VR headsets are becoming increasingly popular for leisure and business purposes and the technology is evolving at a rapid rate. This is enabling us to develop specialist immersive content for new applications like this project for Kingswood Homes that give users a very unique experience adapted to their specific use case."

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