Connecting Through Apps for Real-Time Mobile VR & Database Access

Our in-house developers helped our client save $10,000 of in-person design presentations and materials by uploading to the Mancini:Link app.

The Intro

With technology, the world can be contained in the palm of your hand. Everything from social media to gaming to all the knowledge of the Internet is right there. So why not your latest design project?

This was the driving thought behind the launch of Mancini:Link, a revolutionary app created by Mancini’s in-house developers for our clients to explore designs ranging from master plans to office interiors, all on-demand and at the touch of a button. For one Mancini client, Mancini:Link turned out to be quite useful in visioning for a large-scale office park development in Morristown, New Jersey.

Columbia Park is a new 715,000 sf master-planned office park concept that reimagines the famed Honeywell headquarters campus. A central amenity hub is surrounded by state-of-the-art office buildings and high-capacity parking garages and recreational facilities. But rather than a standard 2D render of the site, Mancini:Link took the clients on a full 360-degree tour of the campus and what it would look like in reality.

The Technology

Using the phone’s internal gyroscope, render spheres of the designs are uploaded to the Mancini:Link app and saved in a private, personal, password-protected folder where the client can download and access the visuals. For the Columbia Park project, we enabled the client to download the spheres into a folder where they could access it anytime, even without a signal.

The app features a ‘switch to VR mode’ where the click a button displays a stereoscopic 3D image that can be viewed in headsets.  Or, tap it once more and the image reverts to a 360-degree image to use without a headset.

The ROI

The technology to setup a permanent VR arena can be an expensive upfront cost, especially for a company who only needs it for a short while.  Often multiple parties need access to content for various reasons – whether it be a project manager to make decisions or a marketing manager to start leasing.  The Mancini:Link app provides this content to everyone. On average, one in-person design presentation can cost a client $2,000–$5,000 for personnel to attend and anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 for content generation.  Our app removes the need for in-person status updates and presentations to go over updated renders and content.

On the leasing side, marketing managers have developed unique ways for potential buyers to see a space before it is built.  Some set up physical show rooms or sample spaces, other build elaborate virtual reality arenas to tour content.  A physical scaled model of this space along with marketing banners and display sets could cost over $50,000 to build.  The app’s ability to switch to VR and stream content to multiple parties enabled this project to bypass these physical displays.

 

Wrap Up

Now, clients can show off designs in large town-hall settings or in intimate gatherings with investors. All at the tap of an app. Clients can download the app directly from the Apple Store.