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Rightmove tests virtual reality house tours
Rightmove has partnered with North London estate agent Martyn Gerrard to test a viewing platform that lets you virtually explore properties without having to leave your sofa.
Using the latest VR production techniques, two virtual reality tours are available to view on a smartphone through a Google Cardboard headset.
The two properties tested include a £2.5million seven-bedroom mansion in Oakleigh Park South and a brand new development in Finchley Central.
Each property was filmed on a camera rig with six connected GoPro cameras, and the footage is stitched together with editing software to create a fully immersive 360-degree video.
People can try out the immersive tour using a Google Cardboard headset on Rightmove’s YouTube channel. For iOS devices the latest version of the YouTube app will need to be installed. The videos can also be viewed by downloading the Littlstar app, the world’s top 360-degree video and VR cinema network.
View the Virtual Reality tours here:
Rightmove Virtual Reality Clementine Court: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvaqKyANdsw
Rightmove Virtual Reality Garden Vale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ5IUfDnAsE
Potential buyers can also try out the VR property tours at local branches of Martyn Gerrard in Whetstone (1286 High Road, N20 9HH) and Finchley Central (365 Regents Park Road, N3 1DE).
Rightmove’s Head of Innovation Hannes Buhrmann commented:
“Rightmove is always looking for innovative new ways to make the process of searching for and buying a house even easier, and this is an interesting avenue we wanted to explore. We’ve adopted the latest technology and filming techniques to capture and showcase these properties.
With this approach, potential buyers could get more of a feel for properties and choose ones to visit that really suit their requirements. It could make the whole process more time efficient for buyers, agents and vendors.”
Using Google cardboard headsets – product safety information from Google:
- Take frequent breaks while using Cardboard. If you experience nausea, discomfort, eye strain or disorientation, discontinue using Cardboard immediately.
- Cardboard should not be used by children without adult supervision.
- Do not use Cardboard while driving, walking or in any way that distracts you from real-world situations and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety regulations. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after using Cardboard if you feel impaired or disoriented.
- If you have had or could be prone to seizures, consult a doctor before using Cardboard.
- Rightmove.co.uk is the UK’s largest property website, advertising around 90% of all homes for sale via estate agents across the UK
- At any one time, there are over one million properties for sale or rent on Rightmove , worth around £270 billion
- People in the UK can search for residential resale, new homes, rentals, commercial and overseas properties on Rightmove
- Tools and information people can access on the site include sold prices, property valuation, market trends, maps, nearby schools and academic reports, Street View and floor plans
- The Rightmove app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android (including Kindle) and Windows Phone or people can use the mobile site compatible with all smartphone handsets