We all know how difficult it is to successfully give your kitchen a makeover, so Microsoft and Lowe’s teamed up in a pilot project to help consumers make the right choices with the help of augmented reality simulations.
Some of Lowe’s home improvement stores will give the most helpful hand to indecisive customers: Microsoft’s augmented reality visor. Skipping the hassle of actually assembling Lowe’s kitchens and appliances, the user can get a pretty clear image of various design options.
If you live in or around Seattle, you’re in luck, because the Lowe’s store there is the first to make use of the program. With the AR visor, clients can virtually assemble and envision kitchen layouts.
It will be a lot easier to analyze gauges and faucets and the necessary dimensions of the kitchen islands with the help of the HoloLens’s holograms, rather than doing all that in real life. Soon, renovating your apartment won’t cause you so much dread anymore.
North Carolina is the next location where the program is scheduled to arrive.
The pilot initiative is meant to save time and money, allowing customers to hologram-design their kitchen. It’s true that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so maybe seeing your kitchen fully equipped in hologram is probably worth a few thousand at the least.
In Microsoft’s terms, overlaying elements from the augmented reality on the real word is called “mixed reality,” and as the company points out, this new technology “gives clients a level of flexibility they never encountered before.”
If the program is greeted with favorable feedback as expected, the partnership will start expanding to other areas of home remodeling, not just the kitchen. According to Scott Erickson, HoloLens’ general manager, showcasing kitchens is just the beginning.
Erickson notes that clients will no longer need tape or cardboard to see if the upcoming furniture fits nicely in the room, as Microsoft’s HoloLens will take renovation and buying for furniture to the next level.
On March 30, developers will be able to start buying a HoloLens no less than $3,000. The sales are kicked off just in time for the company’s annual Build developer conference.
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