On September 13th, MentorWave Technologies announced on their website that Google has acquired their product, Quicksee, for $12 Million. Quicksee is video tour software that allows you to take your video camera and shoot a video of your surroundings, then upload it to create a 3D video. Visit their website for a demo, it’s some pretty cool stuff! This works the same way that Google’s street view works; it allows you to pan the area 360 degrees. What makes this cool is you don’t have to have an expensive camera to create your own virtual tour any more. You can use your own video camera or iPhone! Click here to check it out
It will be interesting to see what Google will do with this technology. However, I can definitely see a good use for it in the real estate industry. In my opinion, this is better than the traditional virtual tours that real estate agents use today. This technology creates a virtual tour as if you are actually walking through the house, not just standing in one room spinning around, as most virtual tours do. Being able to create a virtual tour of your listings on the fly with your iPhone is absolutely amazing! What a great way to promote seller’s homes on the web.
I am looking forward to seeing this in action soon.