Indianapolis-based Carpenter Realtors started using 3-D home tours on its listings about two months ago. They use a camera made by a company named Matterport that scans each room and takes photos with nine lenses pointing in all directions.
The Matterport software uses those images to create a virtual house tour. Users navigate as though they are walking through the home on Google Street View or a first-person video game. It also creates a dollhouse view and floor plan to see the layout of the house from a wider point of view.