Augmented Reality Comes to Real Estate
A new augmented reality application with a difference has just become available to iPhone
owners. The Sun Seeker app uses augmented reality in a novel way to show real estate buyers
and agents exactly how much sun exposure any rooms or balconies will get at various times of
the year. The app also has several other interesting uses such as for photography, landscaping
and finding the best location to site solar panels.
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) October 21, 2009 -- Until now, real estate buyers have been in the dark about the
annual sun and light exposure of houses or apartments they may be thinking of buying. When viewing property on
a cloudy or rainy day, or even at night, there is little chance of knowing just how much or how little sunlight will
enter different rooms at different times of the day, let alone for the entire year, and often it is only after buying
and actually living in a new house for a year that the buyer truly knows whether they have found a year-round
sunlight winner, or perhaps instead a dark and dull dud.
However, using the newly released Sun Seeker iPhone app, it is possible to see exactly what path the sun will
take - either today or for any day of the year - simply by holding up the phone and aiming its camera in any
desired direction. This makes it very easy to see the range of directions in which the sun will rise and set during
the year, and equally to see what part of the sun's path and during which hours it will shine though various
windows of a house, for example.
This app falls neatly into the category of "augmented reality", which is a way in which technology can be used to
enhance our real life senses by providing us with additional useful information, linked to our precise location and
context. Typically this involves showing information overlaid onto the phone's camera view, giving users insight
into and awareness of things in their surroundings that they couldn't know about from ordinary eyesight, alone.
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