An Architectural Solar Analysis Tool for Microsoft Hololens
Type: Wearable Mixed Reality
In Collaboration With: CO Architects
2017 | CA, USA
Basics uses the Microsoft Hololens to create a mixed reality (MR), or combination of real and virtual elements that forms a hybrid reality. When using Basics, the user will virtually define necessary architectural components, such as walls and floors, using a two-dimensional, physical floor plan printout. This static graphic can then be transformed into three-dimensional, interactive dynamic content. Once the virtual setup is complete, the architect can constitute different solar conditions by changing the date within the program. Each solar case will virtually drop digital shadows on the physical floor plan, allowing the designer to physically trace the corresponding shading schemes. Basics utilizes voice commands, gestures, and gaze input controls, which create an immersive navigation experience. In the future, the application will evolve to become aware of existing physical architectural material by employing the potential of computer vision and machine learning.