PHOTOS: Sergey Kaptilkin
Editor’s note: Anchor-VR is a virtual- and augmented-reality company in yachting. It’s the first in the industry offering these solutions not just to superyacht professionals, but also to owners. Anchor-VR founder Anastasia Yuskhova believes buyers and owners have the power to propel the technology further, to make everything from choosing a yacht to controlling costs better. Here, she outlines five ways it works.
Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel comics, stated that “Virtual Reality is going to give us all a chance to live out our childhood dreams.” Virtual Reality (VR) has deep roots in modern movies and video games. In addition, the immersive-tech industry is big business. TechCrunch predicts it will be worth $108 billion in 2021. According to Goldman Sachs research, VR further has the potential to become the next big computer platform. As we saw with the PC market and the smartphone, it can reshape existing ways of doing things—from watching a concert to buying a new yacht.
In fact, impressive statistics show the high value that VR/AR brings. It reduces construction time by 25 percent, for example. It also reduces the duration of meetings to review mockups by up to 50 percent. And, it has the potential to lower fail costs by up to 75 percent. At Anchor-VR, we see it removing stress from designers and project managers, while heightening the anticipation and motivation for owners. Here’s how.
STEP ONE: Using VR technology, you can interact with one or more design concepts during, for instance, a boat show. This lets you discover a vessel’s possibilities in great detail. An LED wall or a multitouch screen can make it possible, as would a holographic cube. Alternately, it can be set up in your office or home.
STEP TWO: After the boat show, you’re subsequently able to go online where, using VR configurator software, you can tweak the design to fit your needs.
STEP THREE: Following the yacht contract signing, you can communicate with your project-development team using Virtual Prototyping software. This lets you discuss the yacht’s general arrangement plans, volumes, and ergonomics with the design team—each of whom might be in a different physical location—while walking through the design in real-life scale. Related to this, you could, if desired, walk alongside lifelike avatars of your team and interact! Either way, this greatly assists the development speed for the first CAD files.
STEP FOUR: At a more advanced stage, a highly realistic virtual mockup can be “built” to give a clear impression of the design. This allows timely decisions for textures, colors, and ergonomics. For example, you’ll understand how the layout feels in terms of space and volume. You’ll also see the textures and colors of different interior materials. It’s possible to change the color palette, replicate different types of wood or marble, include fine art, and even change the time of day and lighting to see how everything works together.
STEP FIVE: Last, but not least, store the digital twin of your yacht on a memory stick, and share it with family and friends. This provides them with a realistic tour while eagerly awaiting the yacht’s delivery.
The earlier that those involved adopt this technology, the sooner they discover its advantages.