LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University) - Seeing the coolest technology, some of it before it is publicly available, is one of perks of attending CAD events. Fuzor, by Kalloc Technology, was being previewed by Henry Yu, founder, who showed me what may be the best way to view Revit models -- once it is released.
Henry comes from a software gaming background. I imagine he may have attempted walk through a Revit model, found it any thing but easy, then compared that to the relative ease by which anyone can move around complex environments in a video game environment...when the light bulb went on. Why not make it interacting with a building design just as easy?
Through a add-on menu in Revit, Fuzor will synch with the design file and begin to show you rendered images of a virtual building's interior with an avatar providing scale - a common enough mode for gamers. Fuzor is physics based -- so it knows you stay on the floor and can't walk through walls. It uses the BIM model as input and renders on the fly with patented technology. Updates, such as changing windows or removing them in the BIM file are updated in Fuzor. And vice versa. You can simulate weather and time of day lighting. Walk-throughs have become child's play! In fact, seeing Fuzor at work make one wonder why anyone would move through a building any other way. If the gamers have had a head start in moving around environments, why not use use that technology rather than invent another interface with its own proecedures, commands and interface. I expect Kalloc may offer a game console though none was visible at AU.
In this YouTube video, you can see how both Revit and Fuzor can be open. You can add lights to a Revit floor plan and immediately light up the Fuzor model.
Fuzor is currently in beta. Henry expects Fuzor to cost abut $3K when it is released.
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