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New Release of GRAPHISOFT BIMx—Now Supports Google Cardboard for VR

Multi-award winning BIMx, an innovative mobile application for Apple iOS and Google Android devices, now supports Google Cardboard bring virtual reality functionality to users.

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BIMx users have reportedly been requesting virtual reality (VR) and Graphisoft now delivers it with this latest update to the award-winning mobile app. The new features provide enhanced functionality for architects and interior designers as a way for these professionals to share their projects with clients and various stakeholders.

Google Cardboard in BIMx

The new VR functionality happens via Google Cardboard, a literal cardboard material based box that holds one’s iOS and Android based smartphone. Via Google Cardboard viewer (version 2.0) the smartphones power stereoscopic imagery enabling users to navigate in the 3D space simply by turning their heads in the desired direction.

01 - GRAPHISOFT's BIMx app gets update to enable support of VR through Google Cardboard.

01 – GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx app gets update to enable support of VR through Google Cardboard.

“Affordable equipment such as Google’s Cardboard viewer help spread Virtual Reality beyond gaming,” said Gyuri Nyitrai, BIMx Product Manager at GRAPHISOFT.  “Architects’ models truly come alive during BIMx presentations using VR functionality, significantly raising BIMx’s already evident wow factor.”

Setting Up for VR

The process of setting up for the Google Cardboard VR device is straight forward. A full demonstration video is shown below. It walks the viewer through the steps needed to run VR models on your smartphone installed into Google Cardboard.

With this update, BIMx users on iPads and Android tablets can use the Multitasking and Split View features, using two apps side-by-side. URL-based data exchange between BIMx and other apps offers a smooth user experience.

This update also enables selection of more than one element at a time from an inbound hyperlink, facilitating easy data access on construction sites and with facilities management. BIMx offers a feature for locating building components in the Virtual Building easily, which greatly helps with the checking and marking up of these elements on site.

To access BIM elements in the 3D model quickly, insert these hyperlinks into any website or FM database or into a product catalog application.

To learn more visit here: http://www.graphisoft.com

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