Matterport brings virtual-reality app for 3-D home tours to iPhones

Product release could strengthen value of tours to agents and homebuyers
  • Now 3-D provider's virtual reality (VR) app runs on both Android and Apple devices.
  • The app lets homebuyers use a smartphone in combination with a VR headset to explore immersive 3-D home tours from Matterport in VR.

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Prospective homebuyers can now use their iPhones in combination with headsets to saunter about 3-D home tours in virtual reality (VR). Matterport -- which provides 3-D home tours viewable on desktop and smartphone screens, as well as in VR -- has brought a VR app previously only available for Android devices to iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads. The app lets more real estate agents offer a heightened experience of Matterport tours to consumers, potentially strengthening their value to both professionals and homebuyers. Laurie Weston Davis, broker-owner of Pinehurst, North Carolina-based Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lifestyle Property Partners, says her agents will use the app at listing appointments to show the value of their 3-D marketing and to host VR-powered broker open houses. Users can tap a VR goggles icon in a Matterport tour to activate the app. Then they can slip their phone into a pair of Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear...