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Apple and IKEA working on new augmented reality app

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Furniture giant IKEA looks set to be one of the first companies to take advantage of Apple’s recently launched ARKit software, with one its top executives revealing plans for a new iPhone app which utilises the fledgling tech.

Digital transformation manager Michael Valdsgaard has revealed Ikea is priming a special app which will allow iPhone and iPad users to see furniture overlaid on photos taken around the home.

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While IKEA already offers a basic version of this within its iOS app, Valdsgaard says the advent of ARKit means that it will be far more accurate than it is currently.

As well as placing furniture where you want it, ARKit can also tweak lighting to show how it will affect the overall tone of a room.

There’s no word on when this new IKEA app will hit the App Store. But with Apple having recently disclosed that the Swedish firm already has 3D ready images of its products, it shouldn’t be long.

Valdsgaard added that it would be able to offer between 500 and 600 products to view via its AR–boosted app when it became available.

ARKit forms a core part of iOS 11, which Apple revealed earlier this month.

The new software for iPhone and iPad is available to developers now and will more widely distributed in September.



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