Ikea augmented reality app lets you remove existing furniture

Ikea’s next generation augmented reality app has been announced and is a further development of the Ikea Place app first launched back in 2017. This latest version allows you to virtually remove existing furniture…

Background

Apple told us back in the summer of 2017 that Ikea was to be one of its launch partners for the augmented reality (AR) features introduced as part of iOS 11. Shortly after, Ikea Place officially announced allowing you to use the LIDAR scanner. on your iPhone to view AR versions of the Ikea furniture in your home.

As a result of a major update in 2019, the Place app gained the ability to view more than one augmented reality product at the same time, as well as visualize the entire room.

Ikea’s new augmented reality app: Ikea Kreativ

Engadget reports that Ikea has gone one step further, allowing you to virtually remove existing furniture to start with an empty room that you can then start filling with Ikea furniture.

IKEA already lets you preview the furniture in your home using AR, but its latest AI-powered iOS app offers a big jump in possibilities. Called IKEA Kreativ, it can scan your rooms with LiDAR and create a full 3D replica of them, then lets you remove existing furniture. From there, you can try out the new IKEA sofas, tables, etc. and get a much better idea of ​​how they will look in your home.

Scanning is done with something IKEA calls Kreativ Scene Scanner, which uses LiDAR if available on your iPhone. It also works on an iPhone or iPad without LiDAR, although having it allows the app to “extract extra spatial detail,” IKEA told Engadget.

You will need an iPhone with a LIDAR scanner to get the most out of the app:

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However, there is a more clumsy way to use it on other iPhones or Macs.

To use it online or on a mobile device without LiDAR, you just need to enter a series of photos of the room. They are then “automatically processed and assembled into a wide-angle interactive copy of the space with precise dimensions and perspective,” IKEA said in a statement. From there, you can erase existing furniture and place new IKEA items, quickly try out alternatives, and completely design the room. All our ideas can be saved for later or shared with others. Naturally, the application also allows you to add the desired products to the shopping cart.

If you’re looking for new ideas, IKEA has also unveiled 50 new 3D showrooms. They allow you to virtually browse through the IKEA catalog and try out products in 3D settings, “quickly swapping, moving, rotating, folding and hanging IKEA products,” the company says.

Most likely with the RoomPlan API

We’ll likely see more of these advanced AR features from Ikea and others thanks to the new RoomPlan API in iOS 16.

Apple has combined LiDAR with iPhone and iPad cameras in a new RoomPlan API so users can create 3D floor plans in seconds. The API could be useful for real estate, architecture, and interior design applications because it’s accurate and easy to use, Apple says.

“Help customers make better informed decisions by using RoomPlan to create a room plan directly in your applications such as real estate, e-commerce or hospitality applications. These scans can also be the first step in the architecture and interior design workflows, helping streamline concept research and planning.”