Apple's RoomPlan API will enable iPhone & iPad to map out a house

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The new RoomPlan Swift API uses the iPhone and iPad's LIDAR sensor to scan indoor spaces -- including furniture layouts.




Launched at WWDC 2022, RoomPlan is an augmented reality technology that sought to help collect data about a room and its contents.

In a dedicated Apple Developer page, the company touted the RoomPlan API as being useful in creating floor plans. These plans then can be applied directly in real estate and hospitality apps that require a deep knowledge of a building's layout.

The 3D scanning of an interior space was also promoted as a way to easily plan for solutions in architectural and interior design workflows.

Utilizing the LIDAR sensors on select iPhone and iPad models, the display will show "real-time scanning progress, and a dollhouse visualization that shows everything in the room that has been recognized."

The plans will be exported in widely-compatible USD or USDZ file formats for import in many popular 3D utilities, such as Cinema 4D and AutoCAD. They will come with reports of dimensions of the room, as well as those of the included furniture.

Twitter user @jonstephen85 tested RoomPlan with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In a series of tweets detailing his experiences, the technology was demonstrated to be able to detect mirrors and other loose objects.

However, it seemed to have considerable trouble with adapting to recently-closed doors, moving to different stories, and keeping scans of the walls consistent.

The new RoomPlan Swift API is available June 8 as a beta to registered developers.


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  • Reply 1 of 9
    ravnorodomravnorodom Posts: 702member
    That will be useful. I can just bring the scanned interior to Home Depot for home improvement and furnishing. Good one, Apple.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    GG1GG1 Posts: 483member
    I recently discovered that there are a bunch of iOS apps that use the iPhone's LIDAR sensor for scanning rooms and small/large objects, including output to CAD. Of course, this is for home/hobbyist use (not engineering/professional use), but I was very surprised and impressed!
    ravnorodomwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    What technology would be necessary for the Home app to know, which room exactly I am in, so it knows, which fan to turn on, when I say, “Hey Siri, turn on the fan!”?

    I am sure a more or less accurate house floor plan stored in the Home app would help. Hopefully, it would be protected like other personal data.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 9
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 2,351member
    What technology would be necessary for the Home app to know, which room exactly I am in, so it knows, which fan to turn on, when I say, “Hey Siri, turn on the fan!”?

    I am sure a more or less accurate house floor plan stored in the Home app would help. Hopefully, it would be protected like other personal data.
    It would need a few of fixed wifi points then in theory it could make a wifi heat map in the house plan to then workout where you are. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    jeffharrisjeffharris Posts: 797member
    GG1 said:
    I recently discovered that there are a bunch of iOS apps that use the iPhone's LIDAR sensor for scanning rooms and small/large objects, including output to CAD. Of course, this is for home/hobbyist use (not engineering/professional use), but I was very surprised and impressed!
    Which apps?

    I'm an architectural designer, but they couldd be fun to play with.
    I could see blocking out a drawing with a quick overall plan and using my measurements to get all the details correct.
    Phoenix303watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Vision1Vision1 Posts: 7member
    GG1 said:
    I recently discovered that there are a bunch of iOS apps that use the iPhone's LIDAR sensor for scanning rooms and small/large objects, including output to CAD. Of course, this is for home/hobbyist use (not engineering/professional use), but I was very surprised and impressed!
    Which apps?

    I'm an architectural designer, but they couldd be fun to play with.
    I could see blocking out a drawing with a quick overall plan and using my measurements to get all the details correct.
    Photocatch is working on a version with this feature 



    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    Something I'd like to see in the future: furniture placement AR that allows multiple pieces to be viewed in the room at the same time. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    GG1 said:
    I recently discovered that there are a bunch of iOS apps that use the iPhone's LIDAR sensor for scanning rooms and small/large objects, including output to CAD. Of course, this is for home/hobbyist use (not engineering/professional use), but I was very surprised and impressed!
    Which apps?

    I'm an architectural designer, but they couldd be fun to play with.
    I could see blocking out a drawing with a quick overall plan and using my measurements to get all the details correct.
    Appleinsider had an article last year on a couple of apps How to use the LiDAR scanner in iPhone 12 Pro | AppleInsider
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    GG1 said:
    I recently discovered that there are a bunch of iOS apps that use the iPhone's LIDAR sensor for scanning rooms and small/large objects, including output to CAD. Of course, this is for home/hobbyist use (not engineering/professional use), but I was very surprised and impressed!
    Which apps?

    I'm an architectural designer, but they couldd be fun to play with.
    I could see blocking out a drawing with a quick overall plan and using my measurements to get all the details correct.
    https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/magicplan/id427424432 is ok

    watto_cobra
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