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Video: What people say when they experience Matterport VR for the first time.


Matterport Virtual Reality (VR) 101: Jump In

Virtual Reality is already a billion dollar industry, according to Deloitte Global.

By the year 2020, VR will be a $40 billion market, according to iGATE RESEARCH.

The time to get started with Matterport VR is ... NOW. You need to be an expert on Matterport VR - before your clients start asking you about VR.

On Monday (13 February 2017), a Member of the We Get Around Network Forum forwarded to me this email from a client ...


"The [redacted] tour came out looking great. We wanted to talk with you about using it with 3d glasses. There is a home show [redacted] and we would like to get a booth and do a display where prospective home buyers can put on glasses and virtually take the tour. Can you advise as to how this would work and what we would need to set it up. Call me on my cell if easier [redacted]."


... and asked me for help understanding how to get started with Matterport Virtual Reality. Thus, this post.

Today, it's super-easy to get started for $15. Jump it!

QuickStart with Matterport VR is as easy as 1-2-3 ...

1. Buy a Google Cardboard VR Viewer
2. Download the Matterport VR app (iOS, Android)
3. View a Matterport Space in VR by tapping on the VR icon in the Matterport Space (bottom right)

Matterport Supports Three VR Viewer Devices

1. Google Cardboard VR Viewer
2. Samsung Gear VR VR Viewer
3. Google Daydream View VR Viewer

Matterport Does NOT Support These VR Viewer Devices

1. Oculus Rift VR Viewer
2. HTC Vive VR Viewer
3. Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition VR Viewer
4. Other tethered VR Viewers

Matterport VR Supports Three Smartphones

1. Apple iOS
2. Android
3. Google Daydream View compatible smartphones

Which VR Viewer Pairs with Which Smartphone?

1. Google Cardboard pairs with iPhone and Android smartphones
2. Samsung Gear VR pairs with Samsung Galaxy Smartphones
3. Google Daydream View pairs with Google Pixel (and compatible phones)

Google Daydream View Compatible Smartphones

1. Google Pixel
2. ZTE Axon 7
3. Motorola Moto Z
4. Huawei Mate 9 Pro
5. ASUS ZenFone AR

Samsung Gear VR: Which Samsung Galaxy Smartphones?

1. Galaxy S7
2. Galaxy S7 Edge
3. Galaxy Note 5
4. Galaxy S6 Edge+
5. Galaxy S6
6. Galaxy S6 Edge

Google Cardboard: Which iPhones? (Matterport Recommends)

iPhone 6s
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus

(Running iOS 9.1 or higher)

How many VR Viewers have been distributed?

1. 5 million Google Cardboard VR Viewers have been sold (Source)
2. 5 million Samsung Gear VR Viewers have been sold (source)
3. 500,000+ Google Daydream View VR Viewers (Chart)

About Samsung Gear VR + Samsung Galaxy Smartphone

1. The Matterport VR App is downloaded within the Oculus app
2. To get the Oculus app, insert your phone into Gear VR. Follow prompts
3. Download the Matterport VR app

How to “Walk” Around in VR

1. Samsung Gear VR - visually place a round circle around a solid dot, or tap the touch-pad on the right side of the device
2. Google Cardboard - when you see a solid dot, press the mechanical button
3. Google Daydream View - using a fob, aim the virtual pointer at the solid round dot

More About Google Cardboard VR Viewer

1. Use Google Cardboard 2.0 or greater
2. Google allows other companies to create Google Cardboard inspired VR Viewers
3. You can buy Google Cardboard directly from Google, Amazon, Unofficial Cardboard and others
4. Some Google Cardboard inspired VR Viewers are made of plastic, ship flat or the art can be customized

Buy Google Cardboard VR Viewers

1. Google Cardboard (Official)
2. Homido Homido1 VR Viewer
3. View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer
4. Unofficial Cardboard UC 2.0+

Three Flavors of Matterport VR

1. Instant Transitions
2. Fly-through Transitions
3. Stereoscopic + Fly-through Transitions

About Matterport Instant Transitions

1. Matterport CoreVR uses instant transitions.
2. Screen fades in/out of black when transitioning between 360º views

About Matterport CoreVR

1. All Matterport Spaces are Automatically converts to CoreVR
2. You can opt-out of free CoreVR conversions in Workshop
3. CoreVR will cost $19 per Matterport Space effective 1 July 2017

About Fly-Through Transitions

1. You can pay Matterport $$$$$ to convert Matterport Spaces with fly-through transitions.
2. Viewing experience is much more immersive than Matterport CoreVR

About Matterport Stereoscopic VR

1. Densely scanned Spaces, the conversion to VR can include a Stereoscopic + Fly-Through experience.
2. Viewing experience is the most realistic - Be There - experience

About WebVR

1. How to enable WebVR for Matterport Spaces

3rd Party Matterport VR Solutions

1. MP2VR

Making Money with Matterport VR

1. Great for agents to show potential listing clients one innovative way they will market property
2. Home Shows
3. Trade Shows
4. Rental Office
5. Real Estate Sales Office
6. Business-to-Business Sales People to take a space with them
7. Thought-leadership with new technology

We Get Around Network Forum Related Posts

Matterport WebVR + Google Daydream View VR Viewer

Google Announces Daydream VR Headset
Matterport to Launch VR Viewing without App
#ICNY17 Video Interview: Matterport VR iOS
#ICNY17 Video: Realtor.com CEO on VR
✓ #ICNY17 Video: Matterport VR: Google Daydream View
#ICNY17 Video: 1st Public Use: MP VR SDK?

Matterport Related Links

Matterport WebVR + Google Daydream VR Viewer
Introducing Matterport VR for WebVR
Matterport Support for WebVR Helps Bring Virtual Reality to the Browser

Please share tips about getting started with Matterport VR, or what questions do you have about Matterport VR?



P.S. This post is presented by: Unofficial Cardboard

Unofficial Cardboard Forum Related Links

Custom Printed Google Cardboard VR Viewers
Which VR Viewer Artwork do you like best?


The following Matterport Infographic can be viewed here.

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Excellent tutorial and details Dan! Thank you....
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@dansmigrod You are the master in writing knowledge base articles. Thanks!
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Related Forum Discussion ...

Google Cardboard Leads Headset Shipments

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A Forum Member writes:

"Dan quick question. I'm an iPhone user would the Samsung work with an iPhone? The other options look very cheap and not very professional from what I’ve seen, example, cardboard viewer."



I replied:

For viewing Matterport Spaces in VR, the iPhone only works with Google Cardboard.

The Samsung Gear VR only works with Samsung smartphones.

If you are looking for an upscale Google Cardboard, try:

Merge VR Viewer
Homido1 VR Viewer
View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer

Other recommendations for "upscale" Google Cardboard 2.0?


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The Forum Member replied:

"Thanks Dan ill give these a look….
Do you know if the quality is as good? I guess the quality would be from the phone really? I could be wrong as Ive never used one before.
Last thing, do we as 3D Matterport people do we have to do anything different on our end to scan a home? Ive seen the VR at the bottom of my Matterport but dont have anything to view it with."



My reply ...

The viewing experience is the screen + how light is blocked out so that you feel immersed. For less than $50, buy one of these three!

For Matterport CoreVR - when you scan - think about "which scans" you would want to view from in VR. It's likely that you do not need to do anything differently when scanning for Matterport CoreVR. That said, it is likely that you could optimize the Matterport CoreVR viewing experience by being very selective about using only some of the scans for VR.


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The Forum Member writes:

"Perfect! I thought the goggle were more expensive then that… As this would be more for a selling point to the realtor for me as I dont normally see the home owner until its time to shoot."


For clarification,

✓ Merge VR Viewer is about $60
✓ Homido1 VR Viewer is about $35
✓ View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer is about $32

I did this Matterport VR 101 because I do get asked many questions like this. So, please do post your question or PM me and I will answer it here.


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@DanSmigrod Fantastic information, thanks so much again Dan!
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Thanks for the info, :-)
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Might need to update a few items here ...

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