How does that sofa look in my house? Lowe's app can show you

September 25, 2017

Lowe's will launch an app early next month that will use augmented reality to make it easier to envision what a piece of furniture will look like in your home or office.

Users will be able to use smartphones to view digital images of furnishings at scale in whichever room they wish, the company said Monday. The app will include the ability to rotate the images, or duplicate them.

An online catalog produced by The Mine, a Lowe's company, will feature goods that can be digitally placed in rooms and, if desired, bought.

Lowe's Cos., which is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, also announced an augmented reality app, available immediately, that could replace the tape measure with an iPhone.

The app lets customers measure walls, sofas or any other object they want with their iPhone. The app, called Measured by Lowe's, uses the smartphone's camera to measure items in a room.

Other retailers have also tapped into augmented reality. Online furniture seller Wayfair, for example, added a function in its app last week that lets shoppers see how Wayfair's sofas, lamps or other items look in their room using an iPhone or iPad.

Explore further: Are consumers ready to give augmented reality a try?

Related Stories

Are consumers ready to give augmented reality a try?

August 29, 2017

You might have gotten a taste of "augmented reality," the blending of the virtual and physical worlds, as you chased on-screen monsters at real-world landmarks in last year's gaming sensation, "Pokemon Go."

Virtual reality, new tools let you redecorate from the couch

June 15, 2016

Stop moving around the new sofa to try to figure out where it fits. Forget about trying to judge a paint color from tiny samples against the wall. New tools like virtual reality measuring apps and online mood boards are trying ...

Augmented reality offers new way to shop for furniture

August 24, 2016

Close your eyes. Can you picture that sofa you're coveting in your living room? Now, open your eyes and pull out your phone - because edgy furniture stores are giving you a tool that's more accurate than imagination.

New iPhones may spur a surge in augmented reality

September 15, 2017

The runaway success of "Pokemon Go" last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokemon. And two: Creating good augmented reality - the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and ...

Recommended for you

Where is the universe hiding its missing mass?

February 15, 2019

Astronomers have spent decades looking for something that sounds like it would be hard to miss: about a third of the "normal" matter in the Universe. New results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory may have helped them ...

What rising seas mean for local economies

February 15, 2019

Impacts from climate change are not always easy to see. But for many local businesses in coastal communities across the United States, the evidence is right outside their doors—or in their parking lots.

Tiny particles can switch back and forth between phases

February 15, 2019

Three years ago, when Richard Robinson, associate professor of materials science and engineering, was on sabbatical at Hebrew University in Israel, he asked a graduate student to send him some nanoparticles of a specific ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

JamesG
not rated yet Oct 19, 2017
Except Lowe's doesn't sell furniture. At least I've never seen it at any Lowe's. I guess its a cross company thing.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.