Scann3D adds dimension to property market

You can walk through your dream home before it’s been built, and without having to move from your couch.

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You can check out the set-up for your wedding at a hotel, or visit a famous heritage site or museum – all thanks to new 3D technology being developed for smart phones and computers.

Melbourne tech start-up Scann3D is creating 3D models that people can look at on a flat screen or using a virtual reality mask, making them feel like they’re actually there.

It saves time, effort and money and engages the viewer.

Scann3D’s initial focus is on the property market, where the old house photo in the newspaper or the floor plan for the new apartment doesn’t really give you a feel for what you’re looking to buy.

“We’ve become accustomed to 2D photographs which give you quick impressions, but it does not give you a sense of the actual spatial layout of the house,” chief executive Trent Clews-De Castella said.

“And so there’s a huge reliance on having to physically inspect a space, which takes a lot of time and making arrangements – it’s a pain.

“We can provide a service that quickly scans the house and creates a spatially-accurate model of that home and gives the buyer the ability to walk through it as if they are physically there.”

Scann3D uses 3D photos and 3D artists’ sketches that are knitted together to enable a home buyer to look at a property in detail from every angle – left, right, up, down, around, close view, long view, view from above.

Potential buyers can also “walk through” the interior of the property, down the hallway, from room to room, or look out the window, just by using the controls on their mobile phone or computer.

Potential buyers also can experience “augmented reality”.

They hold their smart phone in front of them with the property displayed on screen. As the buyer takes two steps from the spot where he or she is located, two steps are taken simultaneously through the area of the 3D model displayed on the phone.

Virtual reality property inspections are also possible.

Potential buyers can don the virtual reality head-mounted mask whilst standing in the office, for example.

The buyer now sees nothing of the office but does “see” the interior of the house or apartment.

The scene changes according to where the person turns their head or shifts position. The vision is not flat; it has depth.

Scann3D started making 3D models of existing spaces but can now also make 3D models of spaces that don’t exist yet, such as off-the-plan apartments or renovations.

The company recently linked with Australia’s biggest property portal, realestate杭州桑拿会所,杭州桑拿网, and property developer BPM to launch the 3D experience in the Australian property market.

Mr Clews-De Castella said early feedback showed that potential buyers were spending a longer time engaged with a particular property when using the 3D models.

The next step is to enable potential buyers to “customise” the 3D model, for example, making changes to a benchtop in the kitchen while they are looking at it.

“It’s become really clear that content is king. Consumers are constantly seeking out more interactive and engaging and immersive ways to explore the world around them, online,” Mr Clews-De Castella said.