Luxion plans ‘small but rapid’ updates to KeyVR

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The approach of KeyShot maker Luxion to its new KeyVR feature “is very customer-driven, with smaller updates made more often”, according to director of products Jesper Mosegaard.

Quick read

➨ KeyVR, the new feature for visualisation platform KeyShot that allows designers to take a scene and generate an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience with the click of a button, was updated this month

➨ Updates included improved reflections on transparent materials and support for glass, solid glass, gems and dielectrics

➨ Users asked for a level of fidelity that has not previously been seen in VR properties

The story

KeyVR, the new feature for visualisation platform KeyShot that allows designers to take a scene and generate an interactive VR experience with the click of a button, was updated this month, with a level of realism introduced for glass, solid glass, gems, and dielectrics that California-headquartered Luxion says is yet to be seen in VR software.

As part of an approach that “is very customer-driven, with smaller updates made more often”, Luxion introduced the Fall 2019 update of KeyVR, which included improved reflections on transparent materials and support for glass, solid glass, gems and dielectrics, as well as an optimised load time, the ability to hide and show multiple model sets, and a new move and rotate widget.

Mosegaard says: “Since VR is still in many ways a new medium, it is critical that we learn and evolve together with our customers. For this particular update, we improved the loading time of VR scenes—a key factor that strengthens the one-click experience. We also improved support for the recently released headsets like the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S.”

“However, the major update was the significant improvement in the appearance of transparent materials like glass, liquids, and other dielectrics. Since many products include parts made out of glass, our users asked for a level of fidelity that has not previously been seen in VR properties like the attenuation of light, so the colour changes in respect to glass thickness, along with the correct transmission and refraction of light through transparent media.”

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