App brings IKEA instructions to AR
In the pantheon of DIY tasks, putting together IKEA furniture is considered to be relatively straight forward. This doesn’t mean, however, that the process is an easy and satisfying one. On the contrary, even relatively simple IKEA projects seem to involve the ‘rage freakout’ stage that seemingly accompanies every DIY task.
While the act of throwing tools across the room because the kit doesn’t include enough screws (although they are actually under your coat) or yelling about how the instructions aren’t clear after you screw the table’s leg on the wrong way around, seems to be universal, it does not have to be this way.
The Assemble AR app looks to leverage AR to take the pain out of IKEA assembly. It keeps the aspects that people like about IKEA’s manuals, such as the layout, but adds animations and life size references.
You can watch a video of the app in action here.
The creator of Assemble AR, Toronto-based designer Adam Pickard says that he was inspired by the IKEA Places app that was released in Autumn 2017. Pickard wanted to explore whether the technology could be used for fairly complex tasks such as furniture assembly.
The Place app was IKEA’s big step in the AR marketplace. It allows users to see how over 2,000 items would look like, and how will they would fit in their homes.
“IKEA Place lets you place true-to-scale 3D furniture in your home using the lens of your iPhone camera,” explains Michael Valdsgaard, the Leader of Digital Transformation at Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
“You see the scene as if these objects were real and you can walk around them and interact with them, even leave the room and come back. It’s really magic to experience.”
Interactive furniture apps are not a new concept for the Swedish furniture powerhouse. Their first attempt at the medium was released in 2013 as part of the IKEA Catalogue app. Users could only place a very limited number of items in their rooms and a copy of the catalogue had to be placed in a frame to help calculate scales and distances.