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What is soulvu
A very simple explanation
360 images never lie
[Based on a true story, names have been changed to protect the innocent] You've seen that nice b&b in Paris and you rented it for your holidays. It was awful: despite the artsy hipster pictures it was dirty, old, messy, and with electricity crackling out of the panel next to your bed. Your girlfriend cried, you blamed the too-beautiful-pictures. 360 images never lie: you can't just fake a full panorama, or Photoshop the entire universe. That's why in the real estate market, deluxe houses start to use 360 pictures to guarantee context beside artsiness. Add to this picture that the first attempts to create 3D content for real estate were pretty clumsy: expensive and uncomfortable headsets, expensive 3D renders, poor motion, complex context and bad overall experience. The two worlds did not match. Until now.

We created a software + hardware tool to create virtual tours. Simple, inexpensive, that works via browser, without expensive apps.

And there's much more: it can be used to tell stories, visit museums, search for your dream house, shop, whatever your imagination feels like.
Let's break it down now:

Soulvu in a bunch of boring but exhaustive corporate slides
  • What is Soulvu

    Soulvu allows users to create 3D, 360° photographic virtual tours, using any 360° camera and a smartphone

  • Application fields

    Real estate tour, touristic sightseeing, museal tours, architectural testing (using image overlays), interior design

  • Device Agnostic

    Thought with no specific camera or VR viewer in mind. Works via browser: no downloads required. Performance adapts to device.

  • Skills needed

    Competitive advantage: does not require professional photographers: content can be created by any user.

  • Speed

    Competitive advantage: a 360° 3D 15 point visit takes as less as 20 minutes to shoot, 10 to edit and add doors.

  • Buyer Personas

    Target markets are: luxury real estate, any real estate (on a larger scale), architects, touristic agents

  • Technology

    WordPress - based backend. WebGL for frontend. Works on any modern browser.

  • Cost

    Competitive advantage: cost per tour is minimal.

  • Scale

    Soulvu is built to scale: the bigger the scale, the lower the cost per tour.

  • Business model

    Soulvu is a Software as a service (SAAS).

  • Roadmap

    Creation of companion app, creation of Shopify app, non-Wordpress backend (2019).

    In short
    What can i do with Soulvu?
    Display 360 degree interactive images in 2D and in 3D, as well as show architectural renders
    Soulvu is web based, targeted at the mainstream mobile market.
    No download required for users, no registration is required.
    It’s scalable: works both on 2D in a common browser or mobile phone, and in 3D too.
    It can be used by anyone even before Virtual Reality becomes mainstream (or in case it doesn’t…)
    It’s flexible: it can be used to display real estate, for touristic sightseeing, museum visits, hotels, product showrooms.
    Can be used for very simple to very complex architectural projects and product portfolios.
    Is webVR with a smartphone as fluid as an Oculus / HTC Vive experience?
    It can't be - different, non-dedicated hardware. But it's still moving at a whopping 60 frames per second. It's a totally different market: very little people has access to a high end VR viewer, and maybe never will. Almost everyone owns a smartphone, and can afford to buy a 20$ VR Viewer: an easy gift for companies and real estate agencies as well.
    We can produce renders on our own, but are we supposed to hire you to take the 360 degree photographs?
    Absolutely not. We don't and we won't take the pictures for you - we will teach you instead the best practices to shoot them on your own
    You say soulvu is both hardware and software - could you tell us more about the hardware part?
    Sure: we bought an inexpensive 3d mount to shoot the pictures at ease with cheap devices. It's now patent pending in the European Community. Please contact us to know us more.
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