Matterport Makes 3D Models of Interior Spaces
(Matterport) Matterport is releasing its 3D camera that allows users to scan, compile, and make a cloud-ready 3D model of interior spaces. The Matterport 3D Camera is controlled using an iPad app and uses an array of 2D and 3D sensors to quickly capture the appearance and dimensions of a space. It uses PrimeSense chips same as the Microsoft Kinect to create its digital models. All a user has to do is move the camera in different spots to ensure 360 degree coverage of a space and then upload the data to the cloud.
Once the data is uploaded, the Matterport Cloud Processor then analyzes the 3D data to create a complete mesh that includes all rooms and then overlays the 2D images onto the mesh to create a realistic, textured 3D model of an entire space. Because the models are generated in the cloud, they are easy to share with authorized users.
Users can capture a variety of interior spaces including residential homes, commercial buildings, retail stores, construction sites, crime scenes, and schools. A Matterport 3D model allows users to see a room from any viewpoint and to get accurate measurements of distances and areas within the space – to walk through and experience the space as if they were there. They can also make basic notations about it, calculate its measurements and share the model with others.
The company has raised $5.6 million in March in Series A funding from Felicis Ventures, Lux Capital, Red Swan Ventures, Greylock Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Rothenburg Ventures.