Singapore – Luucid, a Singapore-based technology company specialising in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) software and applications, launched Lotus VR, a specially designed application, utilising VR to empower consumers with the freedom and full control to create their dream properties instantly.
“Luucid is proud to be a pioneer in designing and developing Lotus VR, a software application utilising the power of VR which will change the way traditional interior designers work and give property owners unprecedented control over the exact design, look and feel of their properties. The industry is in need of innovations to alleviate the burden on interior designers while also empowering property owners and we believe leveraging on VR technology will be a huge game changer,” said Mr Muzhaffa Kamal, Co-Founder and CEO of Luucid.
Mr Muhd Fauzi, Co-Founder and CMO of Luucid, added: “We want to enable users to have full control of the design of their properties and share it with friends and family. If you’re looking for a specifically designed theme such as Scandinavian, Contemporary or Minimalist, you could download a template immediately and start customising. As the VR technology evolves and the take-up rate increases, we will explore creating other immersive worlds for other industries, its potential is truly endless.”
Lotus VR provides an immersive experience for property owners to conceptualise, design and create their dream properties by letting them enter a 3D floor plan model of the property and interacting with the various elements present. Users will put on a VR headset for visualisation and will navigate the environment using motion controllers.
Users will be greeted with a 3D blank canvas from which they are only limited by their creativity. In the living room, access the catalogue, choose your favourite sofa, tables, chairs, curtains, cabinets, shelfs, paint colour, floor tiles and place them exactly where you want them to be. Users will instantly be able to visualise how their properties will look like, with real time quotations and costings also displayed.
Users can move on to the bedrooms, the kitchen, the bathrooms and other parts of the property to create their dream property, all within an hour. The design can be saved and edited at any time by the user. Families can also participate together, with each taking turns to immerse themselves and design their own bedrooms/personal space individually. Interior designers will play a minimal role in the process.
Having worked extensively with interior designers and gathering their feedback, the Luucid team identified several challenges faced by people in the interior design industry.
Key observations include industry stagnation in coming up with innovative ways to create a design mock up for property owners, days and weeks spent aligning with clients on coming up with a 3D design of their property and communication issues stemming from ideas unsuccessfully conveyed and implemented.
Conceptualised and designed exclusively in-property by their own team of local software developers, a prototype was ready in just three months, utilising the Unreal 4 engine, a tool which allows creators to design interactive experiences and immersive virtual worlds.
The team at Luucid has now exited the prototype stage and will be available from 3rd quarter 2023. Luucid is already in discussions with several companies, MNCs and vendors interested in taking up this technology and uploading their designs/materials/products into the VR for consumers to experience and select.