Before this course, I didn’t really know the definition of augmented and virtual reality. Although it was something that was already used in my life, I didn’t really take the time to understand what the definition of the two were.
According to Mashable (2015), augmented reality (AR) “is when digital information is overlaid onto the actual physical world”. This means that we are allow to alter the world we live in with virtual things that we find online. Examples that may be found on our phones could be: Google maps, the measure app, and for my example for this assignment Ikea Place.
What is Augmented Reality?
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive experience where users use a head mounted display to enter a synthetic environment that is different from the one that the users are currently in (Sartain, 2012). Virtual reality is an illusion that allows us to feel like we are physically in the virtual world without having to move from where we originally are.
What is Virtual Reality?
The app I chose to use as an example is Ikea Place. Ikea Place is an augmented reality app that allows us to virtually “place” IKEA products in your space. It also has a “visual search”, which allows us to point our camera at furniture we love and it will search the Ikea inventory to see if there are any products that resembles it the most. My room is basically all Ikea furniture and when this app came out, it really helped and saved time. It allowed me to see if I liked the way it looked in my room before purchasing it, and it definitely saves the time of not having to go back to return it if you did not like the product.
According to Gater (2018), this is how the app works.Ikea Place scales products. – The app will scale the products you are placing in your space based on the room dimensions, giving you an idea of whether or not a piece will fit in your space.
1. Choose a product you would like to add to your room
2. Scan the layout of the room you want your item to be in
3. Point the camera to the area the item is going to be in
4. The product will appear and you can change the item to see other options
How Ikea PLACE Works
- Allows me to see if furniture would look good in that certain area
- See if the furniture fits in the space before buying it
- Saves time before going to the store and purchasing things.
- Takes a long time to scan the room
I would definitely recommend downloading this app because it really helps you save time and lets you know what certain items would look like and if it would fit in your room. This AR app is very easy to use and would really help if you like to model your house with Ikea furniture.
I chose to use this Visme as the creative component because it is something I have never used before. Although it does have a similar layout to Piktochart, it is still easy to use and looks very nice when the project is done.
Gater. (2018). Chatelaine. The Ingenious Way You Can See How Any Piece of Ikea Furniture Will Look In Your Home. Retrieved fromhttps://www.chatelaine.com/home-decor/ikea-place-app/
Ikea. (2017). Say Hej to IKEA Place. Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UudV1VdFtuQ
Mashable. (2015, Nov 19). What is Augmented Reality and How Does it Work? | Mashable Explains [Video File]. Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX993jgeQ0M
Sartain, J. (2012). Virtual reality: More virtual than real. Retrieved fromhttps://www.networkworld.com/article/2159959/virtual-reality--more-virtual-than-real.html