IKEA’s latest AR app can erase your furniture to showcase its own

IKEA already lets you see furniture in your home via AR, but its latest AI-powered iOS app offers a big leap in capacity. Called IKEA Creative, it can scan your rooms using LiDAR and build a complete 3D replica of them, then let you delete your existing furniture. From there, you can try new IKEA sofas, tables, etc. and get a much better idea of ​​what they will look like in your home.

The scan takes place via something IKEA calls the Creative Scene Scanner, which uses LiDAR if it is available on your iPhone. It also works on iPhones or iPads without LiDAR, though it does allow the app to “pull additional spatial details,” IKEA Engadget said.

IKEA's new AR app can scan your home and erase your current furniture


To use it online or on a mobile device without LiDAR, simply enter a series of pictures of a room. They are then “automatically processed and assembled into a wide-angle, interactive copy of the space, with accurate dimensions and perspective,” IKEA said in a press release. From there, you can delete existing furniture and place new IKEA parts, quickly try out alternatives and fully design the space. All our ideas can be saved for later or shared with others. Of course, the app also allows you to add favorite pieces to your shopping cart.

If you’re looking for further inspiration, IKEA also unveiled 50 new 3D showrooms. These let you browse the IKEA catalog virtually and test products in 3D settings, “quickly swap, move, rotate, stack and hang IKEA products,” the company said.

The app is the latest high-tech feature from IKEA, which has launched a range of connected speakers, smart home hubs, connected lights, charging pads and more over the last few years. On top of that, IKEA joined a new group created by Microsoft, Meta and others to create metaverse standards – so you might at least find virtual reality furniture.

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