“In the near future it’s really conceivable that we will start travelling the virtual world instead of the physical world, because it will be scanned at such high resolution,” she says. “It will give us a really life-like experience of being in that place.”
Virtual tourist destinations could also be altered or enhanced, Ohrstedt suggests.
“Having a virtual replica of the world will let us start inserting things into that world that we design for it, that don’t exist in the real world,” she explains.
The 3D scanning technology already exists to capture the world in extremely high resolution. As the technology proliferates, Ohrstedt believes we will gradually build up this “virtual replica” of our environment.
Such a replica could also allow architects to try out and experiment with new buildings before they are built.
“We might start to try things out in the virtual world before we do it in the real world,” she says. “It’s a replica that gives us an opportunity to explore and create alternative scenarios.”
She worked with 3D-scanning company ScanLAB to create the backdrop for the Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition by scanning the venue and superimposing that digital data back onto the physical space via hundreds of thousands of white vinyl dots.
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