Note to architects, SketchUp Viewer is coming to Microsoft HoloLens

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  • SketchUp Viewer in augmented reality on Microsoft HoloLens
  • SketchUp Viewer, a key software for the Microsoft HoloLens?

SketchUp is a famous 3D modeling and animation software that architects are familiar with. Simple, fast and intuitive, it greatly facilitates the life of real estate construction professionals. Trimble, which bought the software in 2012, just launched SketchUp Viewer on the Microsoft HoloLens, so that users can explore their constructions in augmented reality.



SketchUp Viewer in augmented reality on Microsoft HoloLens

For now, as its name suggests, SketchUp Viewer only allows you to view your creations previously edited on the SketchUp software. The elements therefore appear as holograms in the real world, giving us a better overview of the final project. The user can therefore, if he is not satisfied with his construction after having seen it appear in front of him, can modify it on his computer. However, we do not doubt that features related to editing will emerge.

This first version of SketchUp Viewer on Microsoft HoloLens offers two modes of use. The first allows you to make your constructions appear on a table or any other flat surface. The models can be readjusted according to the needs and the number of users. So far, nothing original. The second, more immersive mode allows you to display your constructions at real scale, so that the user can have an even more realistic idea of 鈥嬧媡he quality of his construction and identify the weak points.

SketchUp Viewer, a key software for the Microsoft HoloLens?

This is good news for the Microsoft HoloLens, which features interesting content and above all supports its position as an augmented reality headset dedicated to professionals. This type of experience will allow the mass adoption of AR headsets. The application is already available on the Windows Store. As long as you already have the Developer Kit, you can already benefit from SketchUp Viewer. Trimble has also made available an extension to convert 3D models to AR models. Architecture, if we take into account the capabilities of Microsoft's augmented reality headset should be one of the first sectors to take advantage of this technology.





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