You're staring at your living room, debating whether a drool-worthy armchair on a shopping app will match your existing couch. Or maybe you want to replace your sofa with a new one you're eyeing onmore
You're staring at your living room, debating whether a drool-worthy armchair on a shopping app will match your existing couch. Or maybe you want to replace your sofa with a new one you're eyeing on a design-inspiration app but aren't sure it'll even fit through your door frame. Or you're wondering if that smart lighting fixture will provide adequate light in your kitchen. Before, you'd be tearing your hair out trying to figure it out. Now, a slew of apps with augmented reality (AR) features built in, using Apple's ARKit, are helping you better anticipate how they'll look or function in your space by projecting detailed 3D, at-scale furniture and decor products into rooms, so you know before you buy.
AR or augmented reality is a technology that works with your device's camera and GPS to overlay a digital animation, image, or object onto a real-world camera view.
ARKit is Apple's new developer toolkit, which helps creators develop AR experiences within apps and games.
To run these AR features, you'll need an iPhone 6S (or later), iPad Pro, or iPad 2017, running iOS 11.
Overstock.com's shopping app helps you find items for up to 70 percent off retail prices. With its new AR feature, it allows you to put all your coveted items in rooms to see whether they work together.
Shop by department -- including kitchen, bathroom, and lighting -- and get free live expert advice from the Build online home-improvement store should you get stuck. Once you select your products, you can see if they fit ahead of delivery by pointing your device's camera at an area and superimposing detailed, to-scale 3D product models. Better yet, some items, such as light fixtures and faucets, can even be turned on, so you can see how they operate in advance.
Not sure if the carpet matches the drapes? Home goods store Wayfair's companion app's 3D View in Room feature lets you project items like these in 3D to scale in your space with startling accuracy, so you know before you buy.
Visualize how IKEA furniture will look in your home by scanning a room, selecting your furniture, in 3D at life-size scale, and dropping it in place. You can also zoom in for even more detailed views.
If you need a little inspiration -- or a lot -- Houzz provides over 14 million high-res home interior and exterior pictures that you can search by style, location, or room. Then you can design your room's layout by positioning any of 500,000 furniture and decor items from the Houzz Shop in 3D at life-size scale, exactly where you want them.
Amazon updated its iOS app (with the Android version soon to follow) to include AR View, enabling customers to virtually place products in their home to visualize how things will fit prior to purchase. To preview thousands of items, just select the camera icon within the app and choose AR View. Then you can customize the color of a couch, for example, to match your existing home decor.