Hong Kong app uses AR to help property buyers sniff out 'haunted' homes

Hong Kong app uses AR to help property buyers sniff out 'haunted' homes

Moving into a home with a shady past may seem like a bad thing to many people, but property hunters in pricey Hong Kong seem to be taking on a different perspective these days.

The reason is simple - homes where murders or high-profile deaths have occurred are often listed on the market with huge discounts.

For instance, a flat at the upscale J Residence, where Briton Rurik Jutting allegedly tortured and killed two women, was reportedly rented at almost half the price of other flats in the same building.

There is even an app that helps property buyers and renters sniff out such "haunted" house bargains.

The app, Spacious.hk, was also given a boost recently, to help house hunters spot such "haunted" homes via an augmented reality (AR) function. That's right - it allows you to spot "ghosts" in a home the same way you would spot Pikachu and Magikarp on Pokemon Go.

According to South China Morning Post, users will see cartoon ghosts pop up on their screens when the house they are viewing is listed as "haunted" on the Spacious.hk database.

A brief description of the killing, suicide or mysterious death which occurred will be provided when users tap on these "ghosts" that pop up.

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Asif Ghafoor, founder and CEO of the Spacious.hk portal was quoted as saying that the success of Pokemon Go was what inspired the development of an AR function in the property listing app.

However, if what you are looking for is not a home but a spooky story, this is not the app for you.

A Techly writer who tried the app out wrote that descriptions provided were simple facts on the deaths that happened, and did not include any details gruesome enough to send chills down anyone's spine.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

 

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