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Video: A NYC Penthouse 3D Tour powered by GeoCV. After three months, this video has been viewed 16,400 times. Video Courtesy of GeoCV Vimeo Channel


Video: GeoCV Product Demo - Mobile App for 3D Capturing the World | Video Courtesy of GeoCV YouTube Channel

Hi All,

If you look at a GeoCV created 3D Tour, on first glance, you might be thinking that you are looking at a Matterport Spaces 3D Tour:

✓ Dollhouse View
✓ Floor Plan View (with measurements)
✓ Walk Around View
✓ Photos
✓ Floor Plans

And, this tour was shot using an (extra smart) 3D-enabled smartphone.

On WGAN-TV Live at 5 (5 pm EST GMT -5) on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, CEO and Co-Founder @AntonYakubenko, PhD will demo and discuss GeoCV; including Matterport Versus GeoCV.

You can Join the Virtual Studio Audience to ask Anton questions directly.

Anton is one of the speakers at Inman Connect NYC 2018 (22-26 January 2018). He is on a panel: Visual Revolution: Breakthroughs in Virtual Reality 3D and Video. [Matterport CEO Bill Brown is on the same panel.)

I could imagine that Anton might give us a sneak peak of what he will announce at Inman Connect.

So, why have you not heard about GeoCV? They have been focused on New York City while they have been refining their technology, value-proposition and marketing strategy. I could imagine that Inman Connect, Anton will announce that GeoCV is now available across the United States (and potentially, around the globe).

Here are We Get Around Network Forum discussions tagged: GeoCV

Some additional backstory from Anton's LinkedIn Profile:

"GeoCV is a venture capital backed 3D capturing VR / AR company. Our vision is to enable everyone to capture the world in 3D with a phone and share it in virtual and augmented reality. We're currently using 3D camera-enabled Google Tango phones.

3D virtual tours for real estate is our beachhead market. We allow agents and brokerages differentiate themselves to win more listings and get more referrals, attract more qualified leads to their listings to sell faster spending less time on unpromising in-person showings. We've developed an advanced automated technology for providing unique 3D virtual tours, photography and floor plans at the highest quality and at an affordable price."

Source: GeoCV Co-Founder and CEO Anton Yakubenko LinkedIn Profile

About GeoCV (Source)

GeoCV was founded by 3D computer vision veterans with 12 years experience in the industry. They’ve worked with Samsung and Align Technology and have a strong track record of building successful companies.

GeoCV is backed by five venture capital firms including Rothenberg Ventures, the most active investor in virtual reality.

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GeoCV has raised $2.5+ million in venture capital, according to Crunchbase



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Moved from a related discussion ...

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Can't wait to watch the show with Anton from GeoCV -- can't wait to see what they've been up to!


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I like what I see. Yesterday I said that it would be months, a year or two until a new competitor arrives, but it seems it is already here!

I really hope they don´t screw it with the business model...

quoting Chris on this "Can´t wait to watch the show with Anton..."
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Hi All,

From a related WGAN Forum discussion ...

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GeoCV is cool. Their product looks like a copycat product -- however, I believe that the genius behind what they are doing is looking for an alternate way to solve the same problem. It's the whole Apple/PC thing where even in the little details accomplishing the same end result requires thinking differently and offering a compelling alternative.

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Hi All,

Matterport versus GeoCV - today (Wednesday, 17 January 2018) on WGAN-TV Live at 5. That's 5 pm EST | GMT -5). See a demo and discussion with the CEO and Co-Founder of GeoCV Anton Yakubenko.

Best,

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Not impressed at all. The video was interrupted at 1h 15´but I think that I have listeded to the most important part.

They are not offering solutions to the things that some of us critizice about Matterport's business model. Besides the possibility of a non-brand solution (at a cost, apparently) the rest is the same.

I still get a link and not files (so I have to pay hosting)
I still have a subscription service

But in this case the company that sells the technology is also offering the service! Are they out of their minds!

I have had enough with Matterport trying to sell cameras to my customers, to now have a supplier that could eventualy go after my clients to do their models...

And there is another thing, that is not a small one: they are using a regular mobile phone to capture the images, with all sorts of Frankenstein style attachments (the prototype looks horrible by the way, but it is a prototype, so we should wait for the final version).

You cannot step into your customer's home and take out a regular mobile phone from your pocket to do a "professional job".

You need to pretend that you are using very complex and sofisticated stuff to charge what you want to charge. If we were already crazy with Matterport saying "anybody can do it", imagine how it will perceived when your clients see you with a Samsung 8!

Just a short story: in the 90's Black & Decker was strugling in the power tools markets because their designs and colors were perceived as similar to the consumer tools. Repair men didn´t want to be seen with a Black & Decker because they were afraid that they couldn´t charge higher fees "using the same tools that any regular Joe would have in his garage". They needed something that meant Professional from each and every angle.

The solution? They created the DeWalt brand, in the classic Yellow color. The devices were the same, but now the new brand was targeted to the Pros and not to the consumers. Pros loved them, it was the opportunity to differentiate and to say: "Hey, I am using pro tools here. You cannot do what I do using the tool that you purchased in Walmart"

I hope I made my point here. In my case, if I want to charge $0.15 per sq ft, I cannot use an iPhone or a Samsung mobile. I need an unreasonable big and odd looking camera that shouts "the guy using this is a professional and to use this black piece of plastic with 6 lenses and 3 infrared sensors you need to be an specialist".

My summary, for what it worths: "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't"
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WGAN-TV: Matterport versus GeoCV with GeoCV CEO and Co-Founder Anton Yakubenko, PhD

Hi All,

Above is the WGAN-TV show - WGAN-TV: Matterport versus GeoCV with GeoCV CEO and Co-Founder Anton Yakubenko, PhD

Hi @AntonYakubenko

Thank you for appearing on WGAN-TV Wednesday (17 January 2018).

Best,

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I still get a link and not files (so I have to pay hosting)

You get the access to all the files and the right to use them whatever you like. In order to provide the best viewing experience to the end user we still recommend using our 3D viewer. And it could be downloaded altogether with the properly prepared content, and used offline - you get a ZIP archive, which you can unpack, and just run a file to start the viewer in Chrome without Internet connection.

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I still have a subscription service

The terms for service providers are TBD. What would be the perfect pricing model for you?

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But in this case the company that sells the technology is also offering the service! Are they out of their minds!

Would you say "no" to getting a sustainable flow of orders, say 2-3 per day, with a reasonable revenue sharing? Our current photographers don't need to care about customer acquisition, scheduling, post-production, customer support, billing, etc.

At the same time if you want to build your own business based on our solution it's an easy decision since it doesn't require any significant upfront investment. 95%+ of the market are currently not served by anyone, so it's not about competing for those <5% of the market, it's about untapping the potential of growing market share of listings in 3D to dozens percents.

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You cannot step into your customer's home and take out a regular mobile phone from your pocket to do a "professional job".

We had zero problems with that so far while serving one of the most demanding markets in the world.
On the contrary, customers do appreciate the advancements of the technology and us leveraging the cutting-edge tech.

We've initially offered only DIY solution, but we've learned that there are 2 categories of customers -
some prefer service, some prefer DIY. The ones who prefer service don't care that much about the tools the service provider uses, they care more about the quality, price, turnaround time, behavior on site, communication before and after, etc. Wouldn't you use a smaller better mirrorless camera for regular still photography shoots just because it looks "less professional" than a DSLR monster?

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Just a short story: in the 90's Black & Decker was strugling in the power tools markets because their designs and colors were perceived as similar to the consumer tools. Repair men didn´t want to be seen with a Black & Decker because they were afraid that they couldn´t charge higher fees "using the same tools that any regular Joe would have in his garage". They needed something that meant Professional from each and every angle.

The solution? They created the DeWalt brand, in the classic Yellow color. The devices were the same, but now the new brand was targeted to the Pros and not to the consumers. Pros loved them, it was the opportunity to differentiate and to say: "Hey, I am using pro tools here. You cannot do what I do using the tool that you purchased in Walmart"

Thanks for sharing the story, I enjoyed reading it! We both know one other company that also changed the colors from light blue to yellow-black
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