Another feather has been added to the crown of Virtual Reality – Real Estate startup CommonFloor has introduced a great new Virtual Reality headset that will allow real estate buyers to take a look at the property they’re willing to purchase in 360° 3D view from the rest of their home or from wherever they wish to see it.
The headset has been named CommonFloor Retina and it’s based on Do-It-Yourself Google Cardboard. Made of a lens, cardboard and a magnet for navigation purposes, this VR headset makes use of Android smartphones to provide 3D sightseeing opportunity to real-estate buyers, who until now used to spend several hours travelling to see the property from their own eyes.
According to users who’ve tried it, the views provided by it are simply amazing, sometimes even providing the view of sun and windows!
However, there’re two limitations attached to it:
- First, it won’t work with all smartphones. Currently only these smartphones are supported – Moto G 2nd Gen, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, Nexus 4 and above, OnePlus One and Mi3.
- And second, it requires you to install a separate app for checking out the projects listed by each developer. Yep, every real-estate developer who wants to provide this facility to real-estate buyers will have to develop a separate app for that purpose, which must be downloaded by the buyer’s to view the property using VR headset. As of now only 3 developers have rolled out such apps – Mantri Vantage, Sobha Developers and Radiant Strcutures. More apps may appear in Play Store as developers try to take advantage of this new technology.
If you want to get your own CommonFloor Retina, the process of obtaining it is pretty simple. Given below are the steps that you’ll have to take in order to get it:
- First of all visit CommonFloor.com/Retina and register for the VR Headset. It’ll be shipped to your doorstep.
- Next, download the required app on your smartphone. Keep in mind that this is just a demo app – to check out the real projects you’ll have to download separate apps of each developer available in Play Store. You can checkout all apps of real estate developers here. If app of your preferred project isn’t listed here, it means you won’t be able to see it in 3D using the headset.
- Once your headset has arrived, place your smartphone and enjoy viewing properties in 3D.
The project looks very promising in real estate market and I’m personally excited to see how it will expand the opportunities. In the meantime, do let us know your thoughts about this VR phenomenon in comments!