Shopify demos Apple's RoomPlan, strips all furniture from room

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Canada-based ecommerce site Shopify has demonstrated an unexpected use of Apple's RoomPlan API to clear a room before filling it with furniture via Apple AR.

Apple announced RoomPlan at WWDC 2022, but by itself this AR technology will not be any Apple app. Instead, RoomPlan is an API that developers can tap into in order to provide its features as part of their own apps.

It's been anticipated that retailers could use the RoomPlan API in order to show customers what particular items of, say, furniture would look like in their home. Ikea has already been doing this since shortly after Apple announced ARKit in 2017, but RoomPlan leverages the newer LiDAR technology.

Now Shopify has demonstrated one way that it may adopt the API within its own furniture shopping app. As well as letting people see what a couch might look like over by the window, though, it can also strip the room clean so users can start with a clean slate.

Lots of interest in this "reset button" for your room we built @Shopify that uses @apple's new #RoomPlan API. Here's how we built it 1/12

-- Russ Maschmeyer (@StrangeNative)
In further tweets, Shopify's Russ Maschmeyer calls the feature a "Space Eraser," and describes it as a "reset button."

"Space Eraser models spaces in high-fidelity," he continued, "capturing room-defining objects, their size, position, orientation..."

"Live pixel data combines with LiDAR depth data to enable a lifelike digital twin of your room that can be overlaid onto your real space using AR and then edited digitally," said Maschmeyer. "With an empty room, shoppers can now swipe through room sets which leverage the orientation of existing furniture to arrange themselves automatically."

Shopify's demo is not a finished app, and the company has not announced when it will be shipping.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    Attention realtors, home shoppers and TV home design mavens.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,555member
    In Walter Isaacson’s book he said Jobs didn’t have furniture for a long time because he couldn’t find anything he liked. If you google this for images you will find an image of Steve sitting in a mostly empty room.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    I think this is a really nice idea. I will hopefully be able to use technology like this to allow my wife to try out potential re-configurations of a room digitally rather than expending the effort of moving furniture around only for her to discover that the old configuration is more to her liking. Add in a simulation of movement patterns and we might be able to come up with an optimal design.
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