At my office building, there's a recently vacated office space that's been empty for a few months. Now that the previous company has removed all the furnishings like sofa, foosball, kegarator, neon company logo, and other items, the space does not feel the same. Whenever I see the landlord showing it, I hear prospective tenants trying to imagine objects and layouts in their minds like this area would be great for 2 desks or that chair would fit nicely here.
I went digging and found that this is called Staging in the Real Estate Industry and here's some crazy numbers!
"For every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400" https://www.forbes.com/sites/vanessamcgrady/2015/11/04/staging/#4172268d50c9
"As a general rule of thumb, most stagers charge $300 to $600 for an initial design consultation $500 to $600 per month per room Therefore, a 2,000-square-foot home would cost around $2,000 to $2,400 a month," https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/how-much-does-home-staging-cost/
What it does
VR Staging is a tool/service that allows anyone to create custom furnishing of a space with any 3D objects using Viond Builder software. Instead of an empty space, the office space now shows real size sofas, ping pong table, artwork, and any other objects. Buyers/tenants can then use the Viond mobile app to view the furnished space in VR!
How I built it
As a VR enthusiast, I used my Yi360 camera to take a 360 photo of the office space. Next, I grabbed some photos from Amazon marketplace and other assets attributed in the video to photoshop some good angle sofas and tables. Then, I uploaded them into Viond Builder and linked everything together. It was a simple process and not hard to learn.
Challenges I ran into
Viond Builder does not accept 360 images higher than ~4MP. Yi360 can do 5.8MP. It took some time to find good object photos and clean up in photoshop. The angle and sizing of objects require careful consideration of life-size.
What I learned
It's hard to find good photos of objects in the right angle to fit inside the 360 scene. Best is to have a 3D scan of that object, which Amazon is ramping up in Sumerian. 3D scanners are also getting more affordable so other retailers are adopting it.
What's next for VR Staging
play with 3D objs and try to design a complete room!