South Yorkshire-based commercial kitchen specialist Lloyd Catering Equipment has been given the backing of chef and presenter Simon Rimmer to fund its virtual reality (VR) project.
The VR investment will be used to transform the way commercial kitchens are developed.
Lloyd Catering Equipment, which counts some of the UK’s best known restaurant and pub companies among its client base, has developed a new room-scale VR system which will help designers and clients to test the functionality and workflow of a design prior to installation.
Room-scale VR uses a combination of movement and headset tracking within an area to accurately simulate moving in the virtual environment, allowing the user to move freely around a design in a very natural and intuitive way.
The system developed by the company allows clients to step inside a proposed design to walk freely and look and accurately judge space and how different elements of the design interact with one another.
Simon Lloyd, managing director of Lloyd Catering Equipment said: “In our profession, it is of prime importance that we are able to convey design ideas clearly. 2D plans and elevations as well as 3D rendered illustrations go some way towards this goal but ultimately, they are only able to show things from a single perspective or viewpoint.”
The family-run business recently invited consultant chef and presenter Simon Rimmer to trial the system for himself.
Meanwhile, Simon Rimmer said: “In the catering industry staff must be able to work quickly and efficiently, often under pressure and good design is fundamental to a commercial kitchen environment. The technology developed by Lloyd Catering Equipment heralds a significant step forward in the way that kitchen designs are developed and tested.
“The experience, which is remarkably similar to walking around a physical kitchen, provides a deeply engaging and clear insight into how the layout will function.”