Play Interior Designer With IKEAs New AR App

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetcenter_img For me, walking through the IKEA showroom is like walking a Hollywood red carpet: There’s glitz, glamour, and the promise of Swedish meatballs at the end.Every chair, sofa bed, end table, dish set, and laundry basket entices, calling out for me to just buy it now, and find somewhere to put it later.And while I’m sure the global retail giant would love for me to hand over my credit card without a second thought, IKEA’s new augmented reality app makes it easier to plan before purchasing.Fancy a new footstool? Test it out in augmented reality (via IKEA)IKEA Place takes advantage of Apple’s ARKit technology, allowing users to experiment with interior design in their home.“Get inspired and try many different products, styles, and colors in real-life settings with a swipe of your finger,” Michael Valdsgaard, leader of digital transformation at Inter IKEA Systems, said in a statement.Since the app automatically scales digital products based on room dimensions (with 98 percent accuracy!), even the most mathematically challenged customers can see what will—or, more importantly, won’t—fit into any given space.In line with Cupertino’s just-announced iPhones, enhanced for augmented reality, IKEA’s upcoming application promises technology “so precise” that folks can see even the finest details, like the texture of fabric and how light and shadows fall on the room’s furnishings.Look for IKEA Place, rolling out soon alongside Apple’s upgraded iOS 11 platform. The program initially focuses on large living room furniture: sofas, armchairs, footstools, coffee tables, storage solutions; additional items will be added in the future.I’ve always wondered what the Strandmon wing chair would look like in my living room (via IKEA)Using the interactive design tool, simply scan an empty space in your home or office, then browse, select, move, and place products as you like.Share prospective arrangements as an image or video: Ask Mom’s opinion on a few different footstools, or find out first that your roommate hates the rug you love. (Then ignore everyone’s opinion and just do what you want.)“Now, technology has caught up with our ambition,” Valdsgaard said. “AR lets us redefine the experience for furniture retail once more, in our restless quest to create a better everyday life for everyone, everywhere.”last_img read more

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