This AR app lets you preview furniture before buying

This AR app lets you preview furniture before buying”

The app, called Measured by Lowe's, uses the smartphone's camera to measure items in a room.

Lowe's has announced the launch of two apps that leverage Apple's new ARKit.

Now if only they could use the augmented reality tech to help you actually put the furniture together.

As such augmented reality has now become the most sought-after technology by consumers, with 61% saying this is the technology they are most excited about using, compared to 30% who think virtual reality should take priority in the consumer market, with the remaining 9% believing that artificial intelligence tools, like chat bots, will be most beneficial. "Beginning with the Holoroom debut in 2014, to the launch of Lowe's Vision last November, to the introduction of in store navigation in March, Lowe's has been at the forefront of exploring how mixed reality technology can enhance the customer experience".

The findings form part of a retail report, commissioned by United Kingdom based mixed reality company DigitalBridge, examining the state of technology in the retail sector. It uses your phone's camera to quickly scan a room - you'll need iOS 11, but not an iPhone 8 or iPhone X to use it - so you can then "place" Ikea furniture around you.

Announced today, the Sketchfab app has been updated to support ARKit meaning users developing AR applications will have access to almost two million models that they didn't have 24 hours ago. It can be used for furniture, a child, or anything that a consumer wants to measure on the go.

According to Michelle Newbery, president of The Mine, "Our customers come to The Mine for a seamless, high-touch shopping experience that combines design-inspired home furnishings with a personal concierge level of service".

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