While the use of design software is currently standard practice in the custom integration industry and in particular in the residential and home theater category, as a way to plan and visualize a new project for the prospective clients, the use of virtual reality tools and headsets is a new and promising way to better demonstrate what a new room will offer. Everything can be changed and recreated within minutes, allowing the AV integrator to demonstrate the value of different screen sizes, seating configurations, and more – all in real time.
“The residential custom installation industry got the opportunity at CEDIA 2018 to completely experience what Modus VR can do for them,” explains company co-founder Ken Brueck. “And the reaction from everyone was an overwhelming ‘Wow!’ We left San Diego with a number of new manufacturers and systems integrators committing to the platform.”
Modus VR is a unique sales tool for AV professionals that helps salespeople close deals faster and up-sell naturally. Leveraging the latest in VR technology, Modus lets clients experience their theater and media rooms, allowing a salesperson to demonstrate the value of different screen sizes, seating configurations, and more—all in real time. Every client space can be recreated to scale within minutes, greatly accelerating the design of the media room of their dreams.
The solution factors in room size, space shape that includes the unique angles of the space, as well as window and door placement to make the space true to reality. Users can even customize select style elements, from room color to wall-placed artwork.
“Sight lines, viewing angles and standing waves are all easily depicted within the software,” Brueck emphasizes. “And the best part of all is that the final design can be directly exported to CAD, eliminating the busy work of traditional blueprints.”
According to Brueck, the new updates introduced today include the ability to quickly and easily create non-rectangular rooms using the 2D Floor Plan Editor that also enables users to zoom, change ceiling height, and, when ready, open in VR. The update also empowers integrators to use Modus VR with more clients and spend even less time building rooms and more time selling.
Also new in the software update are four new projectors from Sony, a Foosball table, Ping Pong table and a club chair that enable users to expand beyond dedicated theater environments to media rooms and non-rectangular spaces. In addition, seats now move up and down as the riser height changes.
“Modus VR sets the standard for excellence in room design software using advanced VR technology,” Brueck adds. “We will continue to maintain this standard by incorporating ongoing software updates that enhance the creativity, flexibility and sales productivity of the platform for our customers. Our goal is to enable our customers to sell more AV solutions, faster and more profitably than ever before.”
Headquartered in Draper, Utah, Modus VR's design software platform is available on an annual subscription basis with unlimited support that includes in-VR support.