Meet Your New Virtual Interior Design Assistant
We think that Augmented Reality is one of the most exciting technologies available right now, and have been working to imagine what it might look like as an integral, useful part of your life. Over the past year, we’ve developed a new iOS app, Homestory, which takes AR to the next frontier: helping you make complicated home furnishing decisions easier — with the power of AI.
We’ve focused on making Homestory simple to use and making sure it gets out of the way of the process: it isn’t about the technology, AR, or even the phone. At its core, it’s about helping you design a more comfortable, happy home.
To get started, it’s as easy as opening the app, scanning your room using your iPhone’s camera, and tapping our AI assistant to furnish the space for you. Homestory does the rest, working magic behind the scenes to come up with a combination of options that would fit into the space you have available.
With accurate 3D models from the collections of thousands of top furniture brands — including HAY, Vitra and more —you can test out how that new coffee table or rug might look in your home before committing to it (or venturing out to the store).
Today’s release opens up new possibilities for people around the world to create — and dream of — a home that suits them, without the overwhelming experience of trying to imagine how a particular piece of furniture might fit into a space.
By combining artificial intelligence with modern Augmented Reality techniques, we’re able to show an accurate 3D model of the furniture in the environment that it might ultimately be purchased to live in for years to come.
The AI assistant is designed to inspire and delight, by helping you discover millions of combinations of furniture that would otherwise take weeks to see by visiting stores all over the country.
Built on top of Apple’s ARKit, Homestory leverages the bleeding-edge Augmented Reality technologies in the iPhone to understand 3D space. By creating a virtual map of your room, including width, length and height, Homestory understands what works within those constraints, then makes recommendations that look great by leveraging hundreds of important interior design principles.
Walk around the room, get up close and personal with your creation, or even crouch down and look at the detailing in the fabric; it’s like it’s really there. The app is trained on hundreds of thousands of architectural decisions to design a beautiful layout every time, and
Choosing furniture is a big commitment, so don’t leave it to chance. With AR, you can imagine what your future home might look like, before jumping in the deep end and buying it for the long haul — or show your friends thousands of miles away what your dream couch could look like in photo-realistic quality.
As home-makers increasingly shop online, Homestory is a crucial tool to help them make the most of their space, or perhaps help find something new to love. This is only day one, and Homestory will evolve with you, so we can’t wait to show you what else we’re working on.
Homestory is available for free today, for iOS 11 and up, on the iPhone 6s, 7, 8 and X.