Architects have a new reason to pick up Microsoft’s HoloLens. A new app can help them explore 3D models of buildings.
Trimble on Monday launched its SketchUp Viewer app for Microsoft’s headset, which will allow people to use the HoloLens’s augmented reality capabilities for viewing models created in SketchUp. The app will have two modes: one that allows people to view a scaled-down version of the model using the HoloLens, and another that allows them to view what a building modeled in SketchUp would look like from the inside.
Deploying a HoloLens with SketchUp Viewer will cost businesses a pretty penny. The app costs $1,500, on top of the HoloLens’s whopping $3,000 price tag. Still, it’s a new and different way for people to visualize models in a way they couldn’t before.