… Or am I just having too much fun digging into the US Patent Office website for patent applications filed by Zillow employees? (Previous patent digs can be found on my post about Zillow’s auction patent…)
THE FIND: A team of Zillow employees applied for a patent on an “Interactive floorplan viewer” in Nov ’06.
So what is an an interactive floorplan viewer? A Second Life for homes? A plugin for Google Earth?
I’m definitely not skilled in the art of reading patents (90% of it goes right over my head… especially without the diagrams that are consistently referenced!), but I read it to be an web-based tool that would provide a virtual environment to view photos of a listing… Kind of a virtual tour on steroids!
I can’t figure out if this involves a pure software solution or a new high-tech camera… or something else entirely.
All of this begs a fun question: How long before you can do a full walk-through of a listing while sitting at home in your pajamas?
(David G: Posted on a Tuesday night!)
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