Esri’s CityEngine has incorporated a new layer of reality augmentation with the newest version of its ArcGIS 360 VR. This application is meant to capitalize off of the already present three dimensional feature creation of the CityEngine program, allowing users to picture static viewpoints in a first person view. The primary intent of this app – in accordance to ArcGIS’ blog post – is to allow analysts working hands-on with urban and transportation planning to compare features firsthand without necessitating visits to multiple locations, effectively reducing workflow times and costs that would otherwise be used for trips into the field.
The additional Gear VR controller is a primary point of note in this new version, giving greater control and better interactivity with CityEngine’s features. These virtual reality experiences are then cataloged on ArcGIS Online, a platform that works in contingency with Esri’s three dimensional mapping products.