Homes.co.nz brings AI to home hunting

AI used to analyse room photos

Real estate website Homes.co.nz says it has added artificial intelligence to its website to help house hunters search for desirable features based on an analysis of photos of properties.

Homes.co.nz chief data scientist Tom Lintern said the technology was being used to automatically classify the room type depicted in photos attached real estate listings on the company’s Homes Inspiration website, which has more than 200,000 categorised images across the kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms and laundries.

 “This means that when Kiwis visit the new Homes Inspiration platform they can organise their property search by their favourite room of the house - a masterchef kitchen or a super-luxe bathroom,” he said.

The functionality, built in partnership with real estate specialist AI company restb.ai and paint supplier Resene, is providing content on paint and interior design trends relevant to the room types Kiwis have chosen to base their house searches on.

Resene marketing manager Karen Warman said the company had gathered practical and handy suggestions from the company’s colour experts “to help homebuyers and sellers get inspired about how to transform different areas of their home.

This is the third NZ AI initiative announced in a week. On Monday we reported Vector was using Watson to help detect vegetation threats to its powerlines, and to anticipate weather impacts and on Wednesday that wine, spirits and craft beer retailer Fine Wine Delivery was using IBM’s Watson to help customers choose products from its range.


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