The Wild: A Brief Introduction

Yep, YARTVRA. YARTVRA! (Yet another remote teams virtual reality app.) This one is rather imaginatively named The Wild, by a Portland-based company:

Here the focus seems to be on architecture and design:

Bring your work to life before it’s built​. Experience your 3D models at scale, and gain critical insights that come from working together in a shared virtual space.

According to a recent press release on the AECCafé website:

Today, The Wild launched support for Oculus Quest, adding Facebook’s newest standalone virtual reality headset to its growing list of supported devices.

The Wild is a VR/AR collaboration platform that allows architects and design teams to experience their work together at human scale, in real time, from anywhere in the world. Oculus Quest is the first all-in-one VR headset to hit the enterprise market. With this latest offering from The Wild, immersive collaboration is easier and more accessible than ever. The Wild’s mission is to help teams do their best work. For spatial design teams, that means being able to inhabit your designs long before they’re built—catching errors, gaining critical context, and making more informed decisions together.

Reviewing architectural and environmental designs at human scale is vital. With The Wild, teams can meet in real time with up to eight people, fully synchronized, from anywhere in the world. The Wild offers native sketching and annotation tools, is compatible with most 3D file types, and integrates with Revit and SketchUp. The software is cross-platform as well—users can access The Wild from VR, iOS, or desktop (macOS and PC).

The Wild supports the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets as well as the recently-announced Oculus Quest.

I’ll leave you with a cute, cheerful promotional video for the product:

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STAGE: A Brief Introduction

*sigh* I’m officially coining a new acronym here on my blog:

YARTVRA = Yet Another Remote Teams Virtual Reality App

Now, repeat after me: YARTVRA (“YART-verr-uh”). Yes, you’ve got it!

Yep. I found another one. (Actually, more than one. This is just the first post for today.) This one is called STAGE, by a Munich-based company called vr-on:

STAGE describes itself as:

STAGE – the secure virtual reality collaboration platform where teams can watch, experience, and discuss designs and layouts as people do in reality.

Among the suggested use cases for the product are:

  • Design reviews
  • Layout planning
  • Training
  • Market research
An example of layout planning using STAGE

Here’s their pricing info (all prices are in Euros, per user per month, billed at the yearly rate):

One feature that their website has that I thought was quite interesting was a calculator for determining just how much money your company would save by using STAGE:

This is something that High Fidelity (and other YARTVRA firms) should consider putting on their websites (along with a detailed comparison chart of all their competitors, listing their platform features). Hint, hint…

Question: why is almost everybody in this promotional video using only one hand controller? Did they lose the other one? 😉