Yachting Partners International (YPI) links up with VR leaders Bricks & Goggles to introduce ground-breaking new Oculus Virtual Reality technology enabling owners to virtually walk around their newbuild projects before they are even built
THE YPI VR EXPERIENCE powered by Bricks & Goggles
One of the most exciting and rewarding projects an owner can ever be involved in during his yachting life, is the design and construction of a brand new yacht. The ultimate in bespoke creation, newbuild projects allow owners to define the exact look, design and layout according to their own personal tastes and requirements. Newbuild projects are, however, an investment in time, money and technology and all too often it is not until late in the construction and refit stages that the owner can even begin to see how the 2D designs translate into reality. Until now.
“Our system developed with Bricks and Goggles allows owners to walk around a complete virtual construction of their yacht both inside and on deck as well as seeing it from the air,” explains YPI Director of Sales, Russell Crump. “But it’s much more than just the type of 3D renderings sometimes seen in yachting today. With our Oculus development, you are transported and immersed inside your yacht. You can see and experience how the layouts feel in terms of space and volume as you walk around. You can see the textures of different interior materials used and zoom-in if you want to see something in more detail. You can change the colour palette of your walls, ceiling or flooring, replicate different types of wood or marble finishing, include fine art in your interior designs and even change the time of day and lighting to see how everything works together. Essentially, this is your yacht and you are, for all intents and purposes, walking around it and experiencing it long before you are committed to building the real thing. For the first time in yachting history, you can iron out the elements you don’t like before you invest in the build - elements you may never otherwise have thought of when working from a 2D or traditional 3D representation. Imagine the money, time and potential disappointment that can now be saved thanks to this technology?”
It is a process that can also be applied to the engineering and systems of a yacht. As Russell explains: “Every technical manufacturer, whether they are working with engines, pumps or systems, uses some form of 3D rendering in realizing their work. We can now take that to a whole new level, and recreate it in full VR to help engineers see exactly how everything fits together, saving an incredible amount of time and expense on any project.”
Based in Holland and the brain-child of Ingmar Vroege and Gertjan Leemans, Bricks & Goggles have been developing Apps and 3D Virtual Reality technology for a few years now especially within the real estate sector. However, a family connection with boats, drew their attention to the possibilities of applying their tools to yachting.
“We had met a few other suppliers,” says Russell, “but we were taken with the passion and drive of the guys at Bricks & Goggles. They weren’t just mad about what they do, they really understood the nuts and bolts of how we could use it in yachting so we started them off on our new 105 metre newbuild project, RAPTOR…and the rest, as they say, is history.”
“As an industry, yachting is sometimes a little slow at integrating the vast array of new digital tools and technology into the way it helps clients,” says YPI Commercial & Marketing Director, Mark Duncan. “Our work with Bricks & Goggles allows us to offer our clients a very real way of experiencing their newbuild projects before they commit to the full investment. It is a vital step forward and a very reassuring one for clients. It also ties in with the new 360° Immersive Photography we now offer as standard to all of our Central Agency clients who place their yachts with us for sale and charter – technology that turns superb photography into a full 360° view which, much like Google Streetview, allows potential buyers and charterers to ‘walk through’ our client yachts before they buy or charter. In a packed marketplace, it’s these types of extra services and applied technology that make the difference in helping our client yachts really stand out.”
For a presentation of the new 105m RAPTOR project with the YPI VR Experience powered by Bricks & Goggles contact: