According to founder and business development director Shawn Ignatius, the solution is made up of different modules. The ‘Cairnsmith Mainframe’ sits on your computer whilst the ‘Cairnsmith Satellite’ sits on your iPad or android device.
So how does Cairnsmith work? Shawn tells us,
Interior designers first draw out their concepts on our mainframe software and then syncs it with their mobile device. It turns the tablet into a ‘Magic Window’ that allows you to walk into your empty home and visualize every concept in true immersive 3D with the use of augmented reality.
And of course to top it off, we allow firms to communicate more effectively by making changes on-the-fly with the use of the iPad (picture right). This enables clients to instantly visualize how a certain concept would look like in their home before work has even started. This is enabled by our real time rendering engine that is researched and developed by us; which requires little computational power to churn out photorealistic 3D imagery.
Shawn also stressed that computational power is very limited on mobile devices these days. What sets Cairnsmith apart from other companies is its ability to have real-time changes. It claims to have improved the scalability of interior design and architectural firms, on top of halving the workload processes. This could possibly mean that one is able to move into their newly furnished home a lot quicker.
The idea came about in late 2010 when Shawn’s father was facing difficulties trying to furnish their new home. He explains:
Dad took a long time describing how he wanted the theatre room to be built to the interior designer. They were both pointing in the air at nothing; stating how and where a certain console should be put. There were no drawings and tools to help them communicate the design between them. It was strange that the designer was holding an iPad but never took it out to use it. This was when I thought to myself that there had to be a better way.
So Shawn started researching and discovered that this was indeed an issue for most interior designers, architects, and engineering companies. And soon after, Sheer Industries Group was born.
The Singapore startup is looking to launch Cairnsmith solution locally by the end of the year, and hopes to expand to the Asia Pacific region by the end of next year. They are also looking at the US market, but Shawn emphasizes that the main priority at the moment is to get a good product out to clients.
At present, the company has a small group of companies testing its solution, with four research and development engineers doing their best to ensure its solutions are of top quality standards. It has also recently received funding from a corporate investor, Kareliech. If you wish to find out more about Sheer Industries, you can visit its website here.
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