Matterport, the company which got famous because their low-cost 3D Scanner that allows anyone to quickly and easily produce a realistic 3D model today announced the launch of CoreVR. This feature technology is a simple option to add VR support to any Matterport 3D Space, and that allows it to be one of the biggest, quickest, least expensive and easiest end-to-end system for delivering a VR experience of real-world space.
With the launch of CoreVR, Matterport will enable CoreVR option for over 250,000 existing Matterport 3D Spaces free of charge and will continue to enable the CoreVR option for free for any 3D Space created through 2016. This giveaway represents over five million USD of VR content delivered into the developing VR ecosystem and vastly increases the amount of VR content available to the world. For those 3D Spaces with the free CoreVR option, CoreVR will remain available for as long as the content is hosted on Matterport. After 2016, content publishers can simply select the CoreVR option for only $19 per new 3D space. With the CoreVR feature integrated directly into Matterport Showcase, users can transition quickly from the Web to VR.
“Like any new platform, VR needs content to grow, and with the new CoreVR option, Matterport delivers a huge library of real-world VR content and the most effective and scalable option to allow anyone to create a VR experience of a space,” said Bill Brown, CEO of Matterport. “Matterport is excited to bring this capability to its thousands of camera owners and to millions of consumers visiting Matterport Spaces. We believe in the power of VR to help us achieve our vision of giving people the power to experience any place at any time.”
Matterport’s system is used by thousands of camera operators in more than 75 countries across several industries, including residential and commercial real estate, apartment rentals, vacation rentals, hotels, business listings, architecture, and construction. VR is quickly becoming mainstream, and it is no longer limited to gamers and early adopters, the VR industry is projected to generate $4.6 billion in revenue in 2017, garner 171 million users by 2018, and become a $35 billion industry by 2025.
This exciting new technology will be accessible initially through Matterport apps for Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR (Powered by Oculus), with support for additional VR platforms in the future. As part of the release, Matterport’s VR app now comes with an example gallery of 150 real world places for you to visit in VR. The remaining places are accessible in VR via 3D Showcase.