Google ATAP approached AKQA to explore use cases for their new augmented reality technology Tango, soon to be introduced in Lenovo smartphones. At the same time, IKEA, another client of AKQA, was experimenting with AR/VR. Me and 2 other designers were tasked with creating a product/service concept utilising Google’s technology for IKEA.
Google Tango Technology
Lenovo Phab2 Pro was the first commercial smartphone with the Tango Technology.
It enabled 3D scanning and interior navigation by stitching together the data from the phone's visual camera, depth camera and motion sensors.
Most of us have been through the process of refurbishing a place. We know the IKEA experience. However, our user interviews have revealed that while there is a lot to enjoy, some parts are dreaded by almost everyone. Further research about IKEA itsefl also yielded surprising facts. For example that their canteens make more revenue than their online stores.
Selecting all the furniture to fit the space, style and budget is a major pain point
Tend to do bigger renovations less often.
Struggle to turn a Pinterest board into reality
IKEA makes more revenue from meatballs than from their online sales
Small purchases are estimated to be a substantial part of the revenue
75% of the catalogue images are renders, not photos
AR app that lets you walk through your house and see the future interior overlaid on top of it. Not your style? You can try a whole different one with one click or just swap some items.
Easily scan, store and edit a virtual map your interiors
Have styles generated to your taste, budget and space
View furniture sets in AR on location or VR on the go
Create inspiration boards or link to your Pinterest
Share and collaborate on designs with others
Scanning the room
Assuming the user has an empty room, the first step is to scan it.
Selecting A style
Users can select entire styles from IKEA, or other users.
Individual elements of the style can be easily swapped in few clicks