How Would Your Smart Home Look If Ikea Designed It?
Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, is slowly starting to get a grip on the smart home segment as well. Augmented reality is one of the fast-picking concepts that many manufacturers have started to offer consumers to assist them in visualizing how things would be. Ikea enlisted its innovation research and design lab, Space10, and a group of external designers to come up with them as a way to reflect on what the future holds for smart homes. There have been samples achieved by various designers with one of the examples being pointing your camera to a product and the app would automatically show a blob above the product with the carbon footprint, materials, and production process of the product.
Another example is “Invisible Roommates”. Using augmented reality, it envisions smart home devices as cute characters that sit next to their real-world counterparts. When those devices communicate with one another, the AR versions represent the flow of data as a trail of paper planes. Perhaps the wildest idea of all is “Sound Bubbles,” which imagines using an AI app to cordon off silent parts of the home. Users could then steer sound away from those quiet spaces using 3D spatial audio. Many such experiments are being carried by various designers across the world.
The goal with these projects is to get people thinking about what’s possible in a way that doesn’t require years of product development.
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