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Screen grab from Matterport.com today (Monday, 29 January 2019).

Hi All,

"...as we accelerate our efforts to open up the Matterport Cloud platform to developers and partners, the possibilities are limitless," wrote Matterport CEO RJ Pittman earlier today (Monday, 29 January 2019 in a "Matterport Pop-Up News" on Matterport.com.

I was only off by two year predicting this (and discussing the importance of the Matterport SDKs/APIs. Here's what I wrote two years ago in the WGAN Forum:

Exponential Growth Coming Soon to Matterport

(Excerpt below)

Dan

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Matterport APIs/SDKs

Looking back 10 years from now, the most important dates in the history of Matterport will be the days that Matterport makes its 3D and VR and Related APIs and SDKs public.

Many of us have experienced an amuse-bouche – a small, delightful taste of the excitement of the meal that is about to begin:

MP2SV – Matterport to Google Street View conversions: at least doubling the value of our scans
MP2SQFT+ Tool – an easy, fast and free way to calculate square feet and meters
WP3D Models Zip It! Tool – an easy, fast and free way to download Matterport SnapShots in a Zip!
MatterStats – an easy, fast and free way to dynamically share Metrics about our Matterport Spaces
@DannyBasting experimenting with Matterport scanning data in the Unreal Engine 4
MP2VR – Matterport to VR Conversions

Today (3 November 2016), we only see the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible: either by Matterport or Third-Party Developers such as WP3D Models Developer @rpetersn and MatterApps Developer @Metroplex360.

The easiest way to imagine why the public availability of the Matterport APIs/SDKs ‘matters’ is to think about the apps that you use today that you could not live without – all possible because of millions of apps created for iOS and Android. Now imagine that possibility for Matterport.

While I could imagine that releasing APIs/SDKs are a “top priority” … I could also imagine that the Matterport tech team is spread super-thin by SO many different initiatives that Matterport is tackling simultaneously: all requiring features to be added-excluded-added-excluded in the public APIs/SDKs.

Once these essential tools are public, we will begin seeing amazing possibilities become reality in ways that we have imagined and can not even imagine – all because of the data that the Matterport Camera captures. That data is (truly) the MAGIC of Matterport.

Matterport knows that it is not in the Camera business. They are in the recurring revenue business of 3D processing, 3D hosting, VR conversions, .OBJ files (I imagine Matterport charging for data in various formats), 2D floor plans and likely many more recurring revenue streams and ancillary revenue opportunities.

I could imagine multiple cameras tied to the Matterport platform. Think of inventing electricity and the lightbulb simultaneous. Matterport had to invest a Camera, an App for running the Camera, a way to process the images, a way to host the images and a way to distribute the images. Now add VR, a consumer solution and the Matterport tech team is taking steps forward as quick as they can.

Today, if Matterport takes 30 steps forward working on the Camera, App, processing, hosting, distributing - and all its other initiatives, I think of that as a linear progression: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.

When the APIs/SDKs become public, those same 30 steps forward become an exponential progression: 1 / 2 / 4 / 16 / 256 / 65,536, etc.
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Great focus on one line of the announcement. Yes, that is the future and it's not a zero-sum game. There's room for all of us and many more going forward, as long as we lean into the wave.
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