IKEA already lets you preview furniture in your home via AR, but its latest AI-powered iOS app offers a big step up in capabilities. Called IKEA Kreativ, it can scan your rooms using LiDAR and build a full 3D replica of it, then let you remove your existing furniture. From there, you can try out new sofas, tables, and more. IKEA and have a much better idea of how they look in your home.
The scanning is done through something IKEA calls the Kreativ scene scanner, which uses LiDAR if it’s available on your iPhone. It also works on iPhones or iPads without LiDAR, although it allows the app “to extract additional spatial detail,” IKEA told Engadget.
To use it on the web or on a mobile device without LiDAR, all you need to do is grab a series of photographs of a room. These are then “automatically processed and assembled into an interactive wide-angle replica of the space, with precise dimensions and perspective,” IKEA said in a press release. From here, you can erase existing furniture and position new IKEA pieces, quickly try alternatives, and completely design the room. All of our ideas can be saved for later or shared with others. Naturally, the app also allows you to add favorite pieces to your cart.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, IKEA has also unveiled 50 new 3D showrooms. These allow you to virtually browse the IKEA catalog and try on products in 3D environments, “by quickly swapping, moving, rotating, stacking and hanging IKEA products,” the company said.
The app is the latest high-tech initiative from IKEA, which has launched a series of smart speakers, smart home hubs, smart lights, chargers and more in recent years. On top of that, IKEA has joined a new group created by Microsoft, Meta and others to create metaverse standards – so you might at least be able to find furniture in VR.
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