Interactive Visualization vs. Virtual Reality

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According to founder, Dr. Lee Martin, interactive visualization puts you in control of what you see and the path you take. It’s not a passive experience (such as watching television) as this is your vision and your path of exploration. 

Interactive visualization examples include virtual reality - but seeing as our interactive visualization tools don’t require VR, we like to break them out. 


Interactive Visualization 

Technically, interactive visualization is defined as how people interact with computers to create graphic illustrations of information. There must be ‘human input’ to control components of the visual representation, and ‘response time’ for changes made by the individual to be incorporated. 

So there you have it. Or in other words, you, the user, are in control of your visual journey. You decide what to see, how to approach it, where to go next, and can change course at any point. 

With the vCAD app, you are able to move around a design freely with fly-through, and can do this anytime, anywhere. For designers and clients, it is so important to be able to immerse yourself into a model and approach the design as you would in ‘real life’. Putting the user in control of the visual experience achieves interactive visualization… and makes the design a reality, before it is even built. 


Virtual Reality 

As mentioned, one type of interactive visualization is in fact virtual reality, where the illustrations of information are presented using an immersive device. The main component and differentiator is the headset needed to generate images that place a person in another environment.   

VR is incredible as the person using the headset has the ability to explore a virtual world and feel as though they are inside that space. The user doesn’t just look around, they move around and interact with the space in a way that it feels similar to the real world. 

Interactive virtual reality is a reality with the vCAD app. Just grab a VR headset (it does not have to be expensive) and start exploring your designs in this immersive, interactive format. 


It’s nice to have options 

Ultimately, when using the vCAD app, you have the best of both worlds. You can achieve interactive visualization with or without a VR viewer. Both are great - but some people prefer non-VR mode for the simple reason that there is no need to carry around a headset to have a completely immersive and interactive experience. We invite you to try our interactive visualization tool and share your feedback.


One last note: Another type of interactive visualization is collaborative visualization - when multiple people interact with a computer visual to explore, communicate, and collaborate. This can be done together on the same screen or remotely on separate devices. Hello, ScreenShare mode!