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Technology Wayfair adds AR furniture and 3D visualization tools to its apps

15:25  14 november  2019
15:25  14 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

IKEA's AR furniture app now lets you preview an entire room

  IKEA's AR furniture app now lets you preview an entire room IKEA's augmented reality Place app can be helpful for gauging how furniture will look in your abode, but you've been limited to trying items one at a time -- not much help if you're trying to furnish a new home. Now, though, it's much more practical as a home decor tool. An updated iOS app (the Android equivalent is coming in the "near future") lets you place multiple items at once, whether they're handpicked or part of pre-defined Room Sets. You'll know if that lounge chair and lamp combo fits in with your living room, for instance.The revamp also allows you to create a profile with a wish list of products you've tried in AR.

Now, home store Wayfair is getting in on the action, introducing a new way to pick the perfect pieces of furniture for rooms with an augmented reality ( AR ) function built into the latest version of its app . Finally, there is the Room Planner 3 D design tool , where users can create an interactive 3 D room to

Home furnishing retailer Wayfair was among the first to adopt AR technology as a means of helping people better visual furniture and accessories in their own home, ahead of purchase. Today, the company is expanding its feature set to allow for more visualization capabilities -- even when you're.

Designing interiors for the home has gotten a little easier recently through the use virtual design tools instead of dragging a sofa around. Now, home store Wayfair is getting in on the action, introducing a new way to pick the perfect pieces of furniture for rooms with an augmented reality (AR) function built into the latest version of its app.

  Wayfair adds AR furniture and 3D visualization tools to its apps

The app's new features include View in Room 3D, which lets users take a photo of their room and then see various products added virtually in place. It's a little like IKEA's Place app for positioning furniture, but Wayfair's version is photo-based so it works even when users are away from home. The company says it uses breakthrough technology to analyze the 3D space of a room from a 2D image to allow the virtual placing of items.

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Home furnishing retailer Wayfair was among the first to adopt AR technology as a means of helping people better visual furniture and accessories in Alongside this addition, Wayfair has updated its app to put its camera tools more at the forefront of the app experience. Similar to how you can click

AR -enabled shopping is expanding again today. This time, online furniture retailer Wayfair is introducing an augmented reality feature in its mobile app for It also helps them get a visual sense of what the room will look like with the new furniture added . And because the image is in 3 D , you can

Another updated feature is Search with Photo, which lets customers search for products from Wayfair from an image taken by their camera, similar to Google's Lens image search.

Finally, there is the Room Planner 3D design tool, where users can create an interactive 3D room to test out different layouts and configurations for their furniture and decor. The room can be viewed from almost any angle, and products are automatically added to the room at the correct scale.

The new version of the Wayfair app is available for iOS and Android now, but the some of the functions including the Room Planner are currently only available on iOS.

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