Dying to explore more spaces? See new homes and their designs? Look no further than the gorgeous and open-air home at Edgewood Drive, complete with custom refrigerator drawers and a steam oven. Wanting to learn more about the expert attention to detail in this Matterport virtual twin, we turned to Capture My Space’s Founder and Matterport Capture Services Technician, Trent McNair, to get the full picture.
What inspired the 3D capture of this space?
Hey Matterport! Thanks for the opportunity to share this digital twin. My company focuses on just Matterport scans, so we love to take the technology to its logical limits whenever possible. In the case of this residential scan in Palo Alto, California, we knew what needed to be done as soon as we walked the space prior to beginning the scan. Multimillion dollar homes like this one have a craftsmanship and attention to detail that only a Matterport digital twin can bring to life.
What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?
This home has a spacious backyard and large detached accessory unit. Because of the bright sunny weather, scanning from the house to the detached unit was not feasible, so we took advantage of creating links between the two scans using Mattertags. When done correctly, a visitor won’t even know that they are jumping from one scan to another. Aside from that, there are numerous high-end appliances and amenities that needed to be brought to a visitor's attention as well, so embedding manufacturer YouTube video or imagery via Mattertagging was also employed. These small addons make the experience much more like a walkthrough with the homeowner themselves.
What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring your 3D tour?
We always strive to let the digital twin tell the story about the space, no matter the venue. Digital Twins of museums, galleries, multiple stages of construction (pre-sheetrock to completion), retail spaces, historical landmarks, restaurants, hospitality, and restoration/insurance. I can’t think of another technology that can turn the spaces we frequently occupy into living, breathing experiences. This may sound like a strange statement, but I come from a graphic and multimedia design background and I can see uses for Matterport scans in the near future that go way beyond simple real estate listings that have a shelf life of just weeks.
What are the benefits of Matterport digital twins?
OK, I’ll expand on that last statement a bit. Let’s take the scenario of the Real Estate Broker. I see Matterport digital twins in the not-so-distant future that are virtually staged from a vast library of 3D objects. Furniture, area rugs, art and more can be a few clicks away and dropped directly into a space. Visitors could even change the decor from inside the digital twin, opting to try a different sectional couch, or simply change the color. They could get instant feedback on whether a Steinway grand piano would fit in the corner of a living room. Of course, within this metaverse experience, purchases of these items are just a click away and can be shipped to the home upon closing of the sale. I see companies like Wayfair, IKEA, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and many more sharing their vast 3D libraries with Brokers, enabling them to earn a percentage of any sale since it’s all linked back to the Matterport digital twin.
Do you have any plans to capture more 3D experiences?
Always! I think the applications are endless. I am always excited to see how others, whether pros or amateurs, are using the technology!
Anything else you would like to add?
Matterport digital twins are the future. It’s been a tough two years with the pandemic, and many of us are working more remotely than we ever did before. If you're like me and miss seeing new places, try looking for a Matterport experience with the family. I know that Matterport itself curates lots of truly unique, accurate scans. Multimillion dollar yacht? No problem! Ancient Egyptian tomb? Here you go! Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’? Your table is ready...