New IKEA App Shows The Placement of Furniture In Your Home or Office

New Augmented Reality Possibilities for Mobile Learning

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Up to now, commercial uses of augmented reality (AR) have been mostly about trying on clothes in a shop and seeing how they would look on your body, or tourist-oriented apps that give more information about surroundings or directions on how to get somewhere. Many of these uses of AR have been prototypes using powerful desktop computers, not mobile devices.

Fast Company’s “Co.Design” daily newsletter recently highlighted a new mobile app from IKEA that may point the way forward for new commercial apps using AR – seeing how various pieces of furniture from their catalog would look in your home or office, or even on the roof!

New IKEA catalog screenshot

An app like this has obvious application for architects and designers, but also for reconstructing crime scenes or teaching history. While this is a custom app for IKEA, a mobile learning tool using the same principles, with lots of virtual objects, will surely be along soon.

Interested In An Augmented Reality Demo?

Watch for catalogs to use more augmented reality in the near future, including animations that can be superimposed on a scene that shows how things work.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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3 Responses to New IKEA App Shows The Placement of Furniture In Your Home or Office

  1. […] and decor would look in their homes before making a purchase. The idea is similar to an app Ikea released several years […]

  2. […] The beauty of AR is its inherent ability to extend beyond what actually is and visually depict what could be. This gives app developers endless new opportunities to engage consumers in a plethora of conceptual possibilities, illustrating stories that intermingle and interact with the environment around us. For example, an application developed by IKEA a few years back allowed customers to visualize how specific furniture pieces would look in their space. […]

  3. […] The beauty of AR is its inherent ability to extend beyond what actually is and visually depict what could be. This gives app developers endless new opportunities to engage consumers in a plethora of conceptual possibilities, illustrating stories that intermingle and interact with the environment around us. For example, an application developed by IKEA a few years back allowed customers to visualize how specific furniture pieces would look in their space. […]

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