eBay, Australia has just released a new VR app called Ebay VR, that they are calling “The World’s First Virtual Reality Department Store.” Created in partnership with Myer, the store combines eBay technology with products from Myer to feature more than 8,000 products, all updated in real-time.
The app is only available to Australian users so we cant demo it, but according to the description in the Google Play Store, the App allows you to:
- Personalise: you can select your interests at the beginning of the experience and then the store is custom built around your needs and passion points, making the most relevant products visible first. As you move through the store, the smart technology learns about your selections and suggests other products that might be interesting to you.
- Browse: via the creation of eBay Sight Search™, you can view a product in the store and then by holding your gaze on it, the product floats towards you (many of them rotating in three dimensions). You are able quickly accelerate through different departments of the store, making the shopping experience much more efficient.
- Research: you can simply lock eyes on the information icons to receive full product specifications, as well as price, availability and shipping details.
- Purchase: just hold your eyes on the Add to Basket icon to buy and check out via the eBay platform
The UI looks pretty interesting with lots of depth, 3D product views and some sort of contextual linkage to suggest the ability to get a lot of information.
The app comes with a limited edition set of Shopticals, (Google Cardboard) but they say it will work on any Google Cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR device.
Are you in Australia? Have you tried this app? If so, leave a comment and let us know your experience. We would love to hear from you.
Sean Earley is the Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.