Matterport is a new 3D camera that is designed to scan the interior of homes. The software stitches all of the still images together and creates a virtual tour of the home. Not a virtual tour as in a slideshow that realtors love, but one where you can actually walk through the home yourself. You can look up and down, left and right, move forward, backward, and so on. The technology, even in the state it’s in, is actually pretty incredible and really helps show off the home in a way we haven’t really been able to experience before.
When selling a home, the busy buyer can’t always make it to take a look, although that's the best way to actually see the home. Matterport places you inside and gives you the freedom to look around yourself. For cross-country and overseas buyers, this is perfect because they don’t need to go look at the house in person to get a first impression. They can take the virtual walkthrough and get an idea of the home through this amazing technology.
The Matterport is simple to use: You link to the iPad through the app, connect to Wi-Fi, get out of the way, and scan. Matterport then creates a floor plan based off its surroundings as you move the camera through the home. It's completely automated and doesn’t require any knowledge on photography. It will shoot HDR and spin on its own to scan, and on top of that it will stitch everything together and produce the virtual tour then post it to their server within a few hours.
As a photographer, our job is to make things look nice. We want the photos we take to show the space as best as possible whether we add lighting or stage the room. With the Matterport, sadly we cannot achieve that awesome look (in this case I say the “Mike Kelley look”). The Matterport has trouble scanning in tight spaces and by mirrors, but with a little push you can get it going again — though it can be a little tough. Over time they will fix these bugs and this thing will be scanning with no problems at all.
Exteriors are not able to be scanned quite yet. I'm not sure if there is a way it can do this or not, but that would be really cool to see it expand into certain areas outdoors to really get an idea of the home and property.
This technology is also so new. New to the point where not enough people know about it, especially agents who are the ones that should learn about this new technology and offer their buyers a new way to see the home. Although it takes a while to scan a house, some homes may be worth it because people can look where they want to look and nothing is really hidden from them.
This will be introduced to virtual reality and you will be able to use goggles to see the space. Now you can stand inside of a house however many miles away and take a look at it yourself. The tech savvy, younger generation who are addicted to their phones and social media will have a new way to find themselves a home. They will be the ones to help spread the word and help Matterport grow.
Virtual reality may take away the actual reality of things, but it allows us to see places and things that we sometimes wouldn't be able to see. I can imagine this becoming a big part of real estate in the years to come, especially as the technology continues to get better and better. It gives you another option on how to view a home, and the more homes that have this, the more demand there will be to get it in every home for every buyer to see.
Is Matterport the future for selling real estate? Do you think other companies will be able to match their technology? Or is this just another option for realtors to have?
Find out more about Matterport on their website.