App allows buyers to view their dream home

first_imgThe Australian-developed Realar Places app places a virtual house in a real space for buyers to visualise using only their smartphone or tablet.An Australian-developed augmented reality app is giving new homebuyers the chance to walk through and experience off-the-plan houses in life-size 3D.The Realar Places app fuses the real-world environment with a 3D rendering of the prospective home allowing users to view the layout, stroll through rooms and even look out the digital windows on their own block of land using only their smartphone or tablet.It was launched in the Apple store in December and has so far been downloaded about 250 times by mostly US and Australian architects, designers, property developers and volume home builders.The app is available now for free download from the Apple App Store, with an android release planned for April.Realar co-founder and technology entrepreneur Dan Swan said the app was a game-changer for buyers wanting to view and engage with prospective new homes.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“Gone are the days of walking around your block with just a 2D plan and a tape measure to picture what living in your new home will feel like,” he said. “Instead, Realar brings any home design to life right there in front of you in 3D without the need for extra equipment. It allows you to visualise the home as if you were standing outside a real building and then go inside to get the full room-by-room experience.”Augmented reality is now available on Apple devices via its new ARKit framework and a growing number of android phones that support Google’s new ARCore technology.The technology has been used by a number of app publishers, including the likes of Pokemon Go and Ikea Place.The Realar Places app will work on any large flat surface where a model can be rendered and, unlike virtual reality, there is no need for goggles or headsets, just a compatible smartphone or tablet. The app works for both single storey and double storey designs. Apartment layouts, rooms and balconies can also be viewed using Realar.Dr Swan said the app could also save builders and developers money.“It is very expensive to build and furnish just one display home, and quite impossible to build one for all the different designs most builders have available,” he said. “With Realar, builders can upload 3D models of all their designs so buyers can experience all relevant homes on their chosen block or at any other flat location.”last_img read more

Short on shortstops, Los Angeles Dodgers turn to Miguel Rojas

first_imgDoes Rojas have the edge over the other candidates to fill in for Ramirez?“Right now we’re splitting hairs to say which one’s the best or who’s earned what,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve seen Erisbel a little bit, he does everything a little bit. He’s been flawless when he played. Miguel’s played really well since he’s been in there. Carlos has been for the most part solid. He had the one game where he was a little rough here at the stadium but for the most part he’s been pretty good.”On the disabled list since June 29 with a strained left hamstring, Turner is currently rehabbing in Arizona, “getting 10, 12 at-bats a day so you can keep the guy sharp,” Mattingly said.Figgins reported no pain one day after running the bases at full speed for the first time Thursday. However, Figgins said he felt a “grabbing” sensation when he tries to break into a full sprint. That could keep him from stealing a base, but both he and Mattingly said that Figgins remains “close” to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.In the meantime, Rojas knows what will keep him in the lineup. “We’ve got plenty of hitters here,” he said, “I have to be that guy who plays good defense.”Ethier, Ramirez sitRamirez was still day-to-day less than 24 hours after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in the AC joint of his right shoulder Thursday.“He felt like it really kind of relieved everything right away,” Mattingly said. “He had one in Cincinnati that didn’t really do it. It didn’t hit the spot. This one seemed to hit it. Pretty encouraged by that.”Andre Ethier was also held out of the starting lineup due to various bumps and bruises, Mattingly said. Scott Van Slyke started his second straight game in center field.Also …The Dodgers’ starting pitcher for tonight’s game was still listed as “TBA” on Friday afternoon, but Mattingly hinted that Paul Maholm is the leading candidate to start the game. Maholm is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA. … Carl Crawford could be back in the lineup this weekend against the Padres. “I do look at the next few days as really there’s a start there for him,” Mattingly said. … Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig received their red National League All-Star jerseys on the field prior to the game. … Scott Elbert was set to pitch one inning in a rehab assignment for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. The Dodgers’ starting shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, has needed two anti-inflammatory injections the last two months just to stay on the field.Ramirez’s primary backup, Justin Turner, is in Arizona recovering from a hamstring strain. Chone Figgins began the season in the shortstop rotation, but he’s on the disabled list with a strained hip flexor.With Dodger shortstops practically needing their own disabled list, a healthy Miguel Rojas has started four of the last five games. In terms of ultimate zone rating, Rojas is second only to Erisbel Arruebarrena among the six players who have played shortstop this year for the Dodgers. Arruebarrena is currently on the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain.Rojas’ .232 batting average through Thursday is preferable to that of Carlos Triunfel (.143), the club’s other healthy shortstop. Rojas is versatile, too. His UZR at second and third base – albeit in limited time – ranks ahead of every other Dodger. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more