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Ikea’s augmented reality app now available for download

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First teased at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June as part of Apple’s ARKit debut, Ikea’s augmented reality shopping app, Ikea Place, saw release on Tuesday shortly after iOS 11 was pushed out to end users.
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Ikea’s 25-minute ASMR commercial is the most satisfying way to shop for furniture

Put on your headphones and get ready to take a 25-minute ride to chill town, because the newest player in the YouTube ASMR genre is here: Ikea.

Ikea’s latest ads are part of a campaign called “Oddly Ikea,” created to highlight back-to-school items for college dorms like duvets and lamps. Close your eyes and listen to a soothing (and slightly creepy) woman’s voice telling you all about the SKUBB closet organizer as she gently caresses its shelving units. Listen to her nails grazing the grooves of the JANSJÖ desk lamp as she coos at you about the 25,000 hours of light its LEDs provide, for only $ 12.99 at your local Ikea.

ASMR is sometimes described as “head orgasms” or the tingly, relaxing sensation that can be triggered by soft voices or…

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IKEA’s selling home storage batteries for its solar panels

A rooftop of solar panels generating clean energy is great and all, but having somewhere to squirrel away that free juice is even better. After stepping into the shade for a good few months, IKEA began selling solar panels again last year with new te…
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IKEA’s Apple-Powered Augmented Reality App Launches This Fall

IKEA has officially announced that it’s teaming up with Apple to launch an ARKit-powered augmented reality app in the fall with the launch of iOS 11, according to a new report.

The app will allow users to “place” virtual IKEA furniture at home in real-time through an iOS device’s display. As seen when ARKit was announced during WWDC ’17, the app will allow smaller objects to be displayed on surfaces such as tables via the development platform’s surface identification and measurement capabilities. “This will be the first augmented reality app that allows you to make reliable buying decisions,” IKEA’s Leader of Digital Transformation Manager Valdsgaard told the Swedish-language Di Digital.

At launch, the app will feature around 500 to 600 of the furniture company’s products — with more to come after it’s rolled out. In fact, Valdsgaard hinted that newly launched IKEA products might be featured on the app even before they’re displayed at brick-and-mortar IKEA outlets. While shopping directly in the app is definitely a planned feature, Valdsgaard admitted that it might not be included in the first version. The app’s name has yet to be announced, but it might be something Swedish, Valdsgaard hinted — perhaps “Platsa,” a Swedish word for “location.”

ARKit was first unveiled during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and the augmented reality developer’s toolkit is slated for launch in iOS 11. While the app will work with most of Apple’s iPhones and iPads with 64-bit architecture, some AR features will be limited to devices running on newer chipsets. According to Apple, at launch, ARKit will turn iOS into the world’s largest augmented reality platform overnight.

Though Valdsgaard emphasized that IKEA will remain, first and foremost, a furniture company, the AR app is just one part of its greater tech ambitions. While physical storefronts will remain IKEA’s flagship, Valdsgaard said that the company plans to supplement them with a variety of tech, mobile and social media ventures — augmented reality being one of those. “When you push into AR, you need to understand tech. You can’t do that just by understanding sofas,” he said.

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Ikea’s plans for ARKit revealed, virtual shopping tool will launch in fall with iOS 11

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Briefly teased at the WWDC keynote, flat-pack furniture company Ikea has officially declared that it is working on a ARKit catalog for the iPhone that will launch at some point in late 2017.
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IKEA’s smart home products will be compatible with Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit

IKEA is really taking smart home seriously. After all, the company is a huge supplier of affordable home appliances, décor, and furniture. Last year, the Swedish company announced its new lineup of smart lighting devices including dimmers, motion sensors. For around $ 12 a bulb and $ 30 for its “Gateway”, IKEA’s smart lighting solution would really give Philips Hue a run for their money. In the summer and [fall]. IKEA’s smart lighting range can be used with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. This is great news for the consumer, as IKEA’s deeper entry into the smart…

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IKEA’s affordable smart lights will dim with your voice

Last month, IKEA launched its own line of low-cost smart lighting, called TRÅDFRI, and up until now, users have had to rely on a remote control or a proprietary app to use the product. But no longer. Today, the Swedish retailer announced that…
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