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When individuals generally ponder of the city of San Francisco, their minds most likely wander in the direction of the revolutionary culture, the tech bubble of Silicon Valley, or the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But the truth of the matter, which was not long ago highlighted by the amount of money the city poured into hosting Super Bowl 50, is which homelessness has become a leading issue in San Francisco.

As innovation continues to boom in this culturally driven city, housing prices and, in turn, homelessness is on a constant rise (one new survey puts the number of homeless individuals in San Francisco around 7,500). But only for the reason Silicon Valley may be partly responsible for the skyrocketing property values, which does not mean which a few tech companies aren’t sympathetic to this homelessness epidemic.


The locally based 3D visualization company Matterport, along with the assist of Capture It 3D, have decided to place us right in the middle of where the mainstream media is not most likely to go, inside a number of San Francisco’s homeless encampments. Choosing their own technological means to raise awareness for the homeless, the Matterport team and Capture It 3D owner Bill Robinson walked down and 3D scanned a few stretches of these camps.


Matterport’s 3D camera

These captured 3D images were and so transformed into a visual walkthrough, enabling anyone to ‘virtually’ put themselves in the middle of San Francisco’s homelessness problem of the comfort of their own desktop chair. All of the 3D scanning was done during the Super Bowl 50 weekend, assisting to bring an significant issue to the forefront during a time where equiteone was focutilized on the ‘big game’.

It is pretty an informative and respectable project by Matterport, who has previously utilized their 3D image capturing innovation to turn it into VR-based real estate tours. Choosing their 3D Showcase platform, Matterport and Capture It 3D take you on a realistic and disenchanting journey down the homeless camps which stretch endlessly down San Francisco’s 13th Street. Now which their hosting of the Super Bowl is all said and done, maybe the city can come together to solve this may already wide-spread homelessness problem. At the quite very least, it’s really great to see the bright minds in Silicon Valley use their technological prowess to advocate and raise awareness for the less fortunate. You can take a step into one of the bleak, but realistic, virtual homeless camps captured by Matterport and Capture It 3D here.

Tyler Koslow

About The Author

Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition generated content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focutilized on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler obtained a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.