A couple weeks ago Apple launched ARKit, its tool for putting 3D objects realistically into a “real” place. In other words, augmented reality.
At the same time, the epitome of the home décor and architecture game has been able, for years, to show the customer what place décor and furniture would look like inside a customer’s house. Now this past decade, as mobile is becoming more popular, the process has moved from the web browser to mobile devices such as phones and tablets.
Two factors have contributed in allowing this category to explode and become one of the widest use of AR in the Apple Store.
- These app types need a big library of 3D models of furniture and miscellaneous dé Whole companies emerged to scan and import these for big companies.
- Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) technology is greatly important. Placing objects in a realm requires developers to build tech from scratch by developing models of the rooms and the furniture itself.
So, we’ve gotten to the point where we can spin any AR object inside an app. It is predicted that there will be plenty of new apps and companies turning to AR, with goods and services being tested and viewed online.
IKEA recently announced that it will enable customers to view its newest line of just-long-enough furniture and décor in their homes.
Furniture is only the start. There are many industries that have the possibility to apply AR to their business, from fashion to accessories, and lots of ready-to-use 3D models to start populating the AR worlds.
Apple just opened the gates to the AR industry. Now all you developers can get to work.