IrisVR Opens Up VR Real Estate With Two New Apps

by Jamie Feltham • November 15th, 2016

The real estate industry is one of the most immediately applicable to VR, letting potential home owners view spaces without actually having to travel to them. New York-based IrisVR is looking to capitalize on this with the launch of two new apps.

The company today announced the launch of Iris Prospect and Iris Scope to encompass a wide range of VR headsets. The former is designed for PC-based VR like Rift and Vive. A free ‘Basic’ package allows you to take 3D files created in software like Rhino, Sketchup, Revit and OBJ and quickly convert them into VR environments.

For $200 a month, however, you can upgrade to a Pro account, which is more than a simple conversion. Here, Prospect adds features like dynamic lighting, annotations, screenshot capture and even a scale model mode. You can teleport throughout a location with the press of a mouse.

Scope, meanwhile, is intended for mobile-based VR like Google Cardboard and is available for free on iOS and Android. Instead of 3D models, it allows users to create 360 degree videos of spaces. Supporting video files from V-Ray, OctaneRender, Lumion, Autodesk A360, and Corona Renderer among others, you can upload and share footage to easily show anyone with their own mobile headset. Again, there’s a free model along with a $40 a month Pro package, which allows for unlimited uploading and more.

The company is also offering a bundle package with Pro versions of both apps for $210 a month. IrisVR is showing both apps off at Autodesk University in Las Vegas this week.

Last month the company announced that it had raised $8 million in Series A funding, bringing its total funding up to $10 million. The question now is if there’s enough interest in this new way of showcasing properties for IrisVR to build a sustainable business.

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