VR architecture and design app Arkio available for free on Quest

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Collaborate with others on buildings, interiors, and city maps in mixed reality.

When it comes to 3D design, having the right tools is key to creating a smooth and seamless workflow. Arkio is a nifty collaborative VR tool that lets you create 3D buildings, virtual cityscapes, remodel rooms like your kitchen or bathroom, review existing 3D models, and create Unity scenes that include triggers and colliders, all in VR with up to 10 other collaborators.

Arkio lets you use your Meta Quest controllers to grab, pinch, and pull objects in your scene. Of course, there is a menu you can access to drop predefined shapes and objects into your scene. The app also uses hand-tracking technology to provide a VR design experience that feels natural while offering the same tools and functionality you would have with your controllers.

Built in Arkio is a two-way Unity integration that will allow you and other designers to collaborate in virtual reality when designing and editing game environments. You can then easily export the results to Unity directly from Quest . All this simplifies the creation of walls, windows, doors, stairs and complete buildings and helps to speed up the process.

If you are looking for guidance in developing your vision, you can visit Akrio’s headquarters, built inside Arkioand discover their training center, their gallery and their auditorium in virtual reality.

To create a game scene or environment, you and other collaborators use your Meta avatars. Each person in the room can see the workspace from different angles. Each perspective allows you to make changes and communicate with other collaborators.

  • Aerial view: An overhead view that lets you see the entire scene as a city or neighborhood block. From this vantage point, you can look up at the rooftops and walk around your workspace to see how buildings and the natural landscape of a park could work together harmoniously. You can even see how traffic would be impacted.
  • Street view: Streetview literally lets you step into your VR design to see what it would look like in real life. You can even shrink a building on the fly and see if it can change the look of your surroundings.
  • Point of view : Using the same POV perspective, you can walk into buildings or houses and design rooms complete with furniture, stairs, and wall colors. You can also reposition the walls or increase the height of your ceilings.

In addition to using virtual reality and hand tracking, Arkio uses Passthrough modeling, allowing you to create a mixed reality workspace where you can recreate the actual room you’re in and incorporate other 3D virtual resources such as tables, sofas, and lights. From there, you can bring elements of the outer space you’ve created in VR through real-world portal windows into the VR world beyond.

There is also an excellent volumetric modeling feature designed for VR and mobile devices that makes building objects using 3D digital content much closer to creating objects through creating physical models.

As previously mentioned, Akio allows up to 10 collaborators in a scene. However, you can invite up to 14 additional users to provide verbal feedback, visit your work, and add annotations.

Work in Arkio Is simple. You can start fresh with a blank slate or you can import reference images for quick design work, 3D models and scenes created in Unity, Rhino, SketchUp or through one of the many LiDAR apps available on the store Apple or Android.

“We are thrilled to launch Arkio on the Quest Store and show the world the incredible possibilities of Arkio and Meta Quest,” said Hilmar Gunnarsson, Founder and CEO of Arkio in an official press release. “Being able to seamlessly blend realities with passthrough modeling is nothing short of magic and opens up many unique use cases for anyone doing spatial design. With Unity integration, iPhone LiDAR imports, Arkio components, new design review capabilities, and Arkio’s new headquarters, there’s so much new to see and experience in Arkio on Quest.

Arkio is available free of charge on the Meta app store. However, the company offers a subscription model for different features and is also available on other platforms such as Steam, Windows, and Mac, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.

Image Credit: Arkio

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