Home improvement projects just got easier with a new Tango augmented reality (AR) app from Lowe’s. Using Google’s Tango technology, Lowe’s will be the first third-party company to use the consumer-facing augmented reality app.
Android Headlines cites that the new app will allow consumers to preview home improvement projects, including appliances, to see exactly what they will look like. The app uses Google’s advanced 3-D mapping technology to check the measurements and materials inside a user’s home to show how something will fit and look within a given space.
Considering that many homeowners are now choosing more energy efficient products like low flush toilets in order to save 18,000 gallons of water each year, being able to see how the product will look ahead of time is a great advantage.
Not only will the app save time during the process of home improvement projects, but it will also save money, since the probability of something not fitting correctly is greatly reduced. In addition to being able to virtually place appliances wherever they want, users will have the ability to make other virtual tweaks to their space. Technology such as this will appeal to both interior designers and do-it-yourself types.
According to Engadget, the company will also be selling Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first device to be compatible with Tango technology. News of the device was shared just before the reveal of the new Lowe’s app.
With a 16-megapixel camera and various sensors, the large handset is priced at $500 and will be unlocked for users. Currently, there is no word yet on which carrier models will be available to consumers.
Lowe’s is not the only retailer using Tango technology. Online furniture retailer Wayfair also has an app that allows users to virtually place furniture in their homes to see what works. This app also provides dimensions, pricing, and other other information about the pieces.