Elara Technologies Pte Ltd, which owns PropTiger.com, Housing.com and Makaan.com, today announced a first-of-its-kind augmented reality-based solution ‘MakaanView’. This new feature on the Makaan app allows the user to search for nearby properties, both for buy and rent by simply pointing the mobile phone to a preferred direction to instantly get a glimpse of all the properties within a 5-km radius. It automatically detects if the phone is in horizontal mode and suggests the users to switch to maps view.
The feature is currently available only on the Android platform and all that the user has to do is to download the Makaan app on their phone and select ‘find properties near me’ option to be able to use this feature, the company said in a press release.
The cutting-edge solution helps users to easily find a way to their simple problems when searching for a home. For instance, users can stand in front of a tower and know how many properties are on the market or just walk on a street to see which properties are available around them. This friendly technology offers a sophisticated interface, fast navigation and improved search experience by way of smartphone sensors which automatically detect the user’s location and direction. In order to give the user a blended view of real properties and digital data, the property details are superimposed on top of the camera view. Users can further refine their search based on various parameters like budget, number of bedrooms, distance, property type and even furnishing status. One of the most important factors considered by a majority of users during house hunting is the property’s proximity to a school or a shopping complex or their office. MakaanView is linked to Google maps to enable a user to gauge the distance of a property from these key destinations.
Commenting on the launch,Ravi Bhushan, Chief Product and Technology Officer, PropTiger.com, Housing.com and Makaan.com said, “As technology continues to evolve, consumers are willing to try new and innovative products that push the boundaries. By providing consumers with an easy-to-use app filled with helpful features like MakaanView, we aim to put the home search process where consumers want it most – in the palm of their hand. The MakaanView feature is designed and developed to meet the needs of our users with industry-leading technology that is both powerful and easy-to-use.”
This feature will also be added to other property portal apps in the future – Housing.com and PropTiger.com.