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.”
Free State Stars have completed the signing of Ghanaian goalkeeper Daniel Agyei.Goalkeeper Agyei has signed a three-year contract, replacing Zambian international Kennedy Mweene who has joined Mamelodi Sundowns.The former Liberty Professionals keeper joins his countryman Abdul Basit Adam, a striker who joined the club on a three-year-deal recently.“It’s done deal. The club has already applied for their work permits,” a source close to the club reveals.Free State Stars have already signed Mthokozisi Yende and Mongezi Bobe, from Maritzburg United and Black Leopards respectively.Meanwhile, Paulus Masehe has been named the new captain following Mweene’s departure and Wellington Sambu is the new vice-captain, while Katlego Mashego serves as the second vice-captain.