In New Zealand, rental properties are colloquially referred to as “flats”, particularly among students and young adults. Flat Ease allows flatmates to collaborate and speed up the process by providing smart spatial tools. Each listing tile displays what flatmates have liked or disliked about the flat, diminishing unnecessary discussions and encouraging prompt decision making. This is also reinforced by the rate button on each listing, which helps to speed up the elimination process.
The user can navigate through the house with the House Plan feature that utilises 360 degree photography providing a greater understanding of the house’s layout, size and feel. This is amplified by incorporating virtual reality which allows the user to view the flat in real-time through either a Google Cardboard or the Oculus Rift. This feature is incorporated to provide a greater understanding of the proportions and configuration of the flat from the comfort of your own home.
Lastly, the Virtual flat meeting allows all the flatmates to discuss rooms simultaneously as they move through the flat, no matter where each flatmate is geographically located. Once all the flatmates have agreed on a flat, they can start the application via a streamlined application process through the listing.
The School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand