The 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.”
The Wall Street Journal 21 January 2012America is coming apart. For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world—for whites, anyway. …But there’s a problem: It’s not true anymore, and it has been progressively less true since the 1960s.People are starting to notice the great divide.here’s what happened to America’s common culture between 1960 and 2010.Marriage: In 1960, extremely high proportions of whites in both Belmont (higher – middle income) and Fishtown (lower income) were married—94% in Belmont and 84% in Fishtown. In the 1970s, those percentages declined about equally in both places. Then came the great divergence. In Belmont, marriage stabilized during the mid-1980s, standing at 83% in 2010. In Fishtown, however, marriage continued to slide; as of 2010, a minority (just 48%) were married. The gap in marriage between Belmont and Fishtown grew to 35 percentage points, from just 10.Single parenthood: Another aspect of marriage—the percentage of children born to unmarried women—showed just as great a divergence. Though politicians and media eminences are too frightened to say so, nonmarital births are problematic. On just about any measure of development you can think of, children who are born to unmarried women fare worse than the children of divorce and far worse than children raised in intact families. This unwelcome reality persists even after controlling for the income and education of the parents. In 1960, just 2% of all white births were nonmarital. When we first started recording the education level of mothers in 1970, 6% of births to white women with no more than a high-school education—women, that is, with a Fishtown education—were out of wedlock. By 2008, 44% were nonmarital. Among the college-educated women of Belmont, less than 6% of all births were out of wedlock as of 2008, up from 1% in 1970.http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577170733817181646.htmlMr. Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His new book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010” (Crown Forum) will be published on Jan. 31.