IKEA’s new augmented reality app could totally change the way we shop

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Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture, only to find out later it didn’t fit its intended spot or threw off the balance of the room? This is actually pretty common, which is why the Swedish furniture maker IKEA is building a free augmented reality (AR) application using Apple’s new ARKit technology. The app will let users experience how sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and other furnishing items will fit into their homes. Users will also have the option of capturing the setting in the app… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Cool contorting structure is crafted from material as thin as a coin

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s giant alien-like structure is pushing the envelope for self-supporting architecture. Built of material as thin as a coin, Minima | Maxima is a 43-foot-tall organic structure commissioned for the World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The self-supporting structure is an incredible structural achievement; as the studio puts it: “If an egg were scaled up to the same height as Minima | Maxima, it would be much thicker.”

Like most of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building