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Seeing is believing

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A new company asks why architects bother with flythroughs of projects when they can have full-scale virtual reality

Two recent graduates, Harry Mouskis and Ali Gharehbaghi, have set up V-Real, a company that adapts virtual reality software for use with architectural projects.

Using technology associated with computer games they have simplified it so that real-time rendering can be done on a laptop, and claim it is now no more expensive than producing a flythrough. They also have some pretty snazzy glasses so that you can do the full sensual-immersion thing if you want to - although the definition is still much better with an old-fashioned mouse and laptop.

The duo has completed its first project for the design of a CASA bar in Bournemouth, where both trained. There are real bottles at the bar, and negotiating the space is an impressive experience, complete with background music, although so far there are no people to lend authenticity.

Next up will be a terminal in an estate agent where people can take virtual tours through the unbuilt homes they are contemplating buying. See more at www.v-real.co.uk although, at the time of writing, a lot of the site was more virtual than real.

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