For the construction industry, there has been a lot of discussion about how augmented reality can help in both residential and commercial construction projects. Now, technology providers continue to gain new funding to move the technology forward in the space.

For example, Visidraft, www.visidraft.com, Cheverly, Md., an augmented reality startup company focused on solving communication between clients and contractors in architecture and construction, recently closed $250,000 in seed funding. The round was led by angel fund, Hivers & Strivers, www.hiversandstrivers.com, which invests in veteran- led startups.

Founded by Air Force Academy graduate and Iraq War Veteran Andrew Kemendo, Visidraft has developed a markerless AR (augmented reality) tool that gives architects, contractors, and interior designers a way to share and visualize 3D CAD (computer-aided design) with clients, investors, and the public using an iPad or iPhone. Visidraft is an AR tool that gives users freedom to physically walk around designs without cumbersome printed markers or images.

Visidraft implements computer vision technologies, similar to those used in driverless cars and robotic navigation, to give 360 degrees of movement around CAD designs in the real world without printed markers. Using industry standard CAD software, Visidraft users can estimate costs, view design options, select materials and tools, and improve communication across the design process.

Early users say the freedom of movement offered by Visidraft transforms the design and development process, making it faster and easier with happier clients and investors.

While this is one example, augmented reality can assist in selling more homes, providing visualization for project owners, and enable the entire project team to visualize the project.

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