Never Doubt How That Couch Will Look In Your Living Room Again
If you’ve ever replaced a couch or a TV stand or even just some side tables, you know how stressful it is! Will this thing actually fit? Is this the right color? Should I measure for the 10th time? It’s hard to figure out if that couch is going to fit in your set up and look the way it does in your head. Well, Apple and IKEA have heard your re-decorating cries for help and might be joining forces to make things easier.
Apple recently announced a new ARKit for your iPhone, a kit that would flood you with amazing games and apps using Augmented Reality technology. And, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), IKEA was name dropped as a potential partner ready to join the AR game. With further discussion from Tim Cook and the IKEA’s digital transformation manager, it sounds like this partnership might just be coming to fruition.
So, what exactly does that mean? Essentially, the app would allow you to drop 3D models of IKEA’s products directly into your set-up at home. Just point your camera where you envision that couch and watch it materialize right before your eyes (but only on your phone). Now, you can actually see if that couch you’ve had your eye one will fit the way you picture it without having to drag it all the way home to find out.
The app will hopefully launch later this year when iOS 11 is released, and will likely launch with roughly 500 to 600 products available for you to play around with. Any new products will be released on the app as they are released in stores.
But, here’s one key thing to keep in mind when it comes to this new app. IKEA says this will in no way replace that big blue warehouse we all love. Sure, the app will help you make some buying decisions, but it probably won’t launch with purchasing power. That sort of power might come down the road as updates are released, but don’t expect any “Buy it Now” buttons with the first initial launch.
And frankly, that’s just fine with us! We’d happily make the journey to IKEA knowing that what we’ve got our eye on will actually fit, so we don’t have to stand in the store for an hour debating if we should actually buy.
(Story via Mashable)