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Matterport 3-D home tours get major virtual-reality boost

Homebuyers can use virtual-reality goggles to explore 85K 3-D home tours
  • Prospective homebuyers can now use virtual-reality goggles to view all of Matterport's 3-D home tours.
  • There are 85,000 Matterport models of active residential listings.

When prospective clients walk into Larry Story's office, the Greenboro, North Carolina-based broker encourages them to strap on a pair of newfangled-looking headsets. They can use the equipment to virtually meander lifelike 3-D home tours that Story has generated using technology provided by Matterport, remotely peering into Story's listings and sampling technology that sets him apart from many competitors. Story is among a handful of real estate agents that has been offering immersive viewing of Matterport models to clients. Now many more Matterport customers can provide the same experience. Matterport has rolled out virtual-reality (VR) compatibility to all of its roughly 85,000 3-D models of active residential property listings, marking what Matterport calls a "huge leap forward for the VR ecosystem." What will users need and what can they view? For now, users can only tour Matterport models in virtual reality using two types of VR goggles, both of which fit ar...