AR headsets have the power to revolutionize the way architects, engineers, and the construction industry collaborate. For now, the AEC industry uses virtual reality (VR) to communicate what 3D models will look like in real life. There are several headset options that will be available in the coming months: 

 

Hololens

Microsoft’s Hololens allows users to see digital holograms integrated with the world around them in Augmented Reality (AR).

With more computing power than the average laptop, you can go beyond your screen and interact with both the virtual and real world at once, which will be great for architects, engineers, and the construction industry. Multiple sensors, advanced optics and a custom holographic processing unit makes this some of the most cutting-edge technology that exists today.

 

Magic Leap

The Magic Leap headset blends the digital and physical – with plans to transform how we experience the world. The Magic Leap One (Creator Edition) was revealed in late 2017, with dev kits set to ship in early 2018. This headset features a robust sensor suite, room mapping technology, and the power and performance of a laptop computer all from a small pocket or belt pack. 

Once released, it will serve as a new tool for exploring building projects in mixed reality, allowing users to access digital knowledge and content in the physical world.

 

Daqri
Daqri tools for augmented reality look to revolutionize the way we work. By enhancing human capabilities with their their smart helmet and smart glasses, Daqri will equip work sites with endless amounts of information allowing workers to perform at a higher, more efficient level. With features such as data visualization, thermal vision, guided work instruction, and remote expertise, these products have a visual operating system that is adaptable to the complexities and demands of different disciplines.

 

Meta

The Meta AR headset provides an extremely crisp, clear view of holographic images in the real world. The combination of sharp imaging and real world communication will change the way we collaborate and create built spaces.

 

Mira Prism

The Mira Prism headset provides an AR experience completely powered by your smartphone. By slipping your phone into the headset and opening the Mira app, you can interact with holographic images and the real world. The Mira Prism gives you the option to collaborate; you and a friend can both interact with the same AR experience. Additionally, users can also participate through spectator mode. Spectator mode allows you to watch another user’s experience in real-time with a smartphone or tablet.

This headset provides simple access to augmented reality in everyday life – no training needed.

 

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