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iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit launched Monday, 1 March 2021.

Video: IGUIDE 3D Virtual Tour & Camera System - Floor Plans, Room Dimensions, Square Footage | Video courtesy of the iGUIDE YouTube Channel | 1 March 2021

Video: iGUIDE Viewer | Video courtesy of iGUIDE YouTube Channel | 21 February 2021


iGUIDE PLANIX Sample 3D Tour and with Interactive Floor Plan courtesy of iGUIDE | 2D Schematic Floor Plans
https://youriguide.com/pla_1_608_jones_st_e_st_marys_on/doc/floorplan_imperial_en.pdf


iGUIDE PLANIX is the 3D Camera Kit Matterport Wished It Created (in Many Ways)

Hi All,

If you are a real estate photographer researching Matterport 3D tours, iGUIDE 3D tours should be on your short list of other 3D/360 platforms – and other 3D/360 cameras – to consider.

While Matterport will be valued at nearly $3 billion and receive $615 million in cash when Matterport is scheduled to go public by 30 June 2021, its much smaller, feisty competitor has created better camera kits and platform – in many ways.

I asked Planitar Inc. (Planitar is the makers of iGUIDE) Co-Founder and CEO Alexander Likholyot (@Alex_iGuide) by email today (2 March 2021) what problems that the iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit - launched Monday (1 March 2021) - solves versus the DSLR-based iGUIDE Camera Kit. Alex writes, "further capture speed increase, longer measurement range, greater ease of use and lower replacement cost as workhorses get worked to the ground sometimes. PLANIX leaves [busy, professional real estate photographers] more time to deliver more value with their other services while providing a great 3D tour with accurate floor plans."

Known for the iGUIDE laser-sharp focus on residential real estate, iGUIDE "PLANIX opens lots of applications in commercial real estate, including insurance and large space scanning," writes Alex. "Everybody likes the look of it, which makes us happy. It is a 3D Space Technology : )."

Here are my observations ...

iGUIDE PLANIX is the 3D Camera Kit Matterport Wished It Created (in Many Ways)

1. superior camera kits (iGUIDE PLANIX Camera in three configurations; and iGUIDE IMS-5 Camera)
2. superior 3D virtual tour platform (iGUIDE Tour Examples | Matterport Tour Examples)
3. superior 2D floor plans in the residential and commercial real estate space. (iGUIDE PLANIX Floor Plan Example | Matterport Floor Plan Example)

iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit – announced Monday, 1 March 2021 – is the 3D Camera Kit (three configurations) that Matterport likely wished it created.

iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit Versus Matterport Highlights

1. LiDAR instead of structured light
2. LiDAR “sees” up to about 130 feet versus about 50 feet for Matterport’s structured light
3. LiDAR enables most residential listings to be shot in 15-20 minutes (faster workflow)
4. LiDAR enables super-accurate 2D floor plans: .05% dimensional uncertainty versus Matterport
5. $1,999 (pre-order pricing until 4 April 2021) instead of $2,995 (Matterport Pro2 Camera sale price)
6. Option to control camera settings (versus no camera settings control)
7. Leverages a publicly available 360 camera: Ricoh Theta Z1 (future compatibility)
8. Enables 2D Floor Plans to be accurate
9. Includes a custom hard case (versus no case with Matterport)
10. In addition to iOS, already works with Android; Matterport in Android public beta
11. Ricoh Theta Z1 Camera - in the iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit - can be used for other platforms and without an iGUIDE subscription: Matterport Pro2 Camera can not be used with any other platform without a Matterport Cloud Subscription (and then a cumbersome workflow, at best).

Cost Conscious

Photographers that already have a Ricoh Theta Z1 can order the iGUIDE PLANIX Core Kit for $1,299 (pre-order pricing through 4 April 2021).

Measurement Accuracy Matters

Photographers that seek the ultimate in measurement accuracy within the 3D virtual tour view can order the iGUIDE PLANIX Pro Camera Kit for $2,499 (pre-order pricing through 4 April 2021) that includes Ricoh Theta Z1 lens calibration for up to 3 times better accuracy when measuring in the 3D space. (Floor plan measurements have the same level of accuracy for all iGUIDE PLANIX configurations.)

Plus, the iGUIDE Platform beats Matterport on:

1. Offering Per Tour Pricing (no subscription) versus Matterport Cloud subscription
2. Ability to edit 360 images (e.g. remove the camera from a bathroom mirror; sky replacement)
3. Offline hosting is an option with iGUIDE: not Matterport
4. No confusion regarding who owns the copyright/digital assets: no derivative works by iGUIDE (as Matterport does)
5. More intuitive user experience powered by an interactive 2D floor plan
6. iGUIDE offers super-accurate 2D floor plans versus Matterport
7. iGUIDE Floor plans available in 8 color-coded configurations (Matterport are B&W)
8. iGUIDE does not complete with its Service Providers (as does Matterport Capture Services Program)
9. Integration of Google Maps (versus no map integration by Matterport: need a 3rd Party Platform)
10. An integration with Floorplanner for DIY enhanced 2D/3D floor plans and virtual staging.

While real estate photographers may dismiss iGUIDE because it does not offer a 3D dollhouse view like Matterport – or a 3D walk-through experience like Matterport – the real question is: Is iGUIDE “good enough” to enable professional real estate photographers to compete with Matterport and to differentiate both the real estate agent and real estate photographer from their respective competitors? Spoiler Alert: The answer is likely heck-yes!

For professional real estate photographers that have image resolution concerns about using a Ricoh Theta Z1 camera – considered the best in the under $1,000 360 camera price point – in the iGUIDE PLANIX Camera Kit, iGUIDE offers the iGuide IMS-5 Camera Kit which includes a DSLR camera.

I could imagine that the addition of the iGUIDE PLANIX now opens the iGUIDE platform to real estate photographers that seek a faster and/or simplier workflow than the DSLR based iGUIDE IMS-5 Kit for real estate photographers that prefer a DSLR camera for shooting spherical panoramas.

What are your thoughts? Is iGUIDE PLANIX the 3D Camera Kit Matterport Wished It Created?

Best,

Dan Smigrod
Founder and Managing Editor
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Literally the only "miss" to their overall system is the lack of keyboard navigation, which for people concerned about accessibility, it kinda a big deal. Many of our realtors here are very conscious of this when we talk virtual tours.

The only other option I would love to see is support for the Kandao Camera QOOCAM 8K 360, which in my personal opinion has a far superior image quality to the Ricoh Theta Z1 for a smaller overall investment.
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admittedly I am a newbie in this space and I really really want to "want" this if nothing more than for the cool factor (new hardware is always awesome) but how is the deliverable much different from say InsideMaps or even Asteroom? When testing InsideMaps on my personal residence the GLA variance on the floor plan was within 5% so why would I need to invest another $1300 for the Planix core kit? Is the viewer experience so much greater to justify the investment?
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@immersivespaces

Seems like accessibility is an “easy” fix/enhancement. I am surprised that’s not implemented.

How is the QOOCAM 8K 360 when it is within feet of furniture or on stairs?

Are the above dealbreakers for you as a Matterport alternative? Would iGUIDE be a competitive advantage for you?

@tmroberts

Please let us know what you decide 😎

Dan
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Sounds nice on paper, I would never present any customer with a tour that looked or felt like this.

If presented with this company's tours, one's made from stitched photos and MP tours? 11 out of 10 people would choose MP.

As far as looking for progress? I'd rather see a camera that combined a visible light laser scanning and 360 2D and photogrammetry, either from MP or a partners, or both, within MP's ecosphere,

Though as the tech evolves? Even very large spaces could come to require very few scans.

In the future, viewing points could in theory be interpolated instead of having to have placed a tripod on each point that one could stand on in a tour. Infinite scan points from a handful. Gliding in whatever direction. Photos, video's from any camera position and path. Bladerunner(the original of course) for virtual tours

As that time approaches? Guess which company will be best positioned to make that leap, in terms of the massive pools of space and object data required, and sheer technological prowess??
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Thank you for your thoughts. It looks like I anticipated your objection with:

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While real estate photographers may dismiss iGUIDE because it does not offer a 3D dollhouse view like Matterport – or a 3D walk-through experience like Matterport – the real question is: Is iGUIDE “good enough” to enable professional real estate photographers to compete with Matterport and to differentiate both the real estate agent and real estate photographer from their respective competitors? Spoiler Alert: The answer is likely heck-yes!


I could imagine iGUIDE Service Providers says, "Great! One less competitor in my market to worry about."

Likely a time to agree to disagree.

Dan
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You're right. Sorry about that.
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This may seem like a minor question, but how does the iGuide lidar measure spaces on the four corners where, it appears, that the fins of the structure block the lidar from seeing?

Has iGuide simply decided this point cloud data doesn't need to be a complete 360°? I'd be curious to hear from iGuide on this, and their thinking behind it.
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@Home3D , thanks for your question!

As you scan the property, you are both taking panoramas and scanning with LIDAR at the same time, then our drafting team can see what is actually scanned and make adjustments as needed to make the floor plan accurate and to eliminate noise like furniture.
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