Image of the week: Microsoft HoloLens
The Pokémon Go craze may have put Augmented Reality (AR) firmly in the public’s consciousness, but the technology is transforming architecture and construction
Report from – Damien Carr
AR is a term used for a technology that inserts a computer generated graphic, video or GPS data into a live environment via a mobile phone or goggles. Pokémon Go, the mobile app game that has led children and adults to risk life and limb searching animated creatures in real life places, has put AR firmly on the map.
Of course this masks the true potential of a technology. Following the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011, for example, the University of Canterbury developed CityViewAR to help city planners and engineers visualise buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake.
Fast forward five years and this week Dezeen reports how architect Greg Lynn is using Microsoft’s HoloLens to design the redevelopment of Detroit’s immense and abandoned Packard Plant car factory (America’s ‘Motor City’ has become infamous for the urban dereliction in vast areas of the city).
Lynn is using HoloLens, which has been developed in partnership with Trimble, to create holograms that in conjunction with a physical architectural model, allowed the team to understand the scale, form proportion and space.
"I wouldn't want to predict what changes will be made but it is inevitable that the technology is going to be adopted and will have an impact," he told Dezeen, "It is just too powerful a tool not to be used."