Virtual reality backpack allows site walk throughs

Tech giant HP has launched a virtual reality backpack with major potential uses in the construction industry.


The Z VR Backpack is wearable as a workstation and connects easily to VR goggles.


It means construction professionals can wander easily through buildings enjoying a virtual walk through simulating any stage of the build process.


The backpack will be making its UK debut at Digital Construction Week alongside all the latest hi-tech industry innovations.


It has been developed from an original model designed for gamers after HP realised the potential for business users.


A Digital Construction Week spokesman said: “Use of VR technologies has increased dramatically across the built environment in recent years.


“Applications have moved on from basic stakeholder engagement to in depth walk throughs and project delivery planning to use in health and safety and onsite training.


“The backpack will offer greater flexibility and open up a number of new opportunities for users looking to explore large areas in virtual reality or requiring greater range of movement.”


Grant Prior, Construction Enquirer, October 2017.