Lowe’s is looking to make home improvement projects even easier with its latest app. On average, homeowners will spend between 1 to 4% of a home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs, which tend to increase as the house ages. For a $200,000 home, that’s at least $2,000 in repairs annually. The home improvement retailer will launch an augmented reality app featuring Google’s Tango technology.
Not only will users be able to choose their appliances with the app, but they will also have the chance to see what products will look like in the home virtually. Using Google’s 3D mapping software technology, users can place appliances where they want, add accessories, and make other virtual changes before beginning a project.
Considering that the home improvement industry in the United States generates around $144 billion from retail stores alone, innovations such as this are sure to be a hit on the market.
In addition to debuting the app, Engadget reports that the company will also sell Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro, the first mobile device with Tango software, for $500. The device has four cameras including an eight-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and camera sensors to digitally map out a space and create a 3D version of it to be edited by the user.
“It is a device that truly understands our surroundings and augments our reality,” said Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang.
Lenovo recently purchased smartphone maker Motorola from Google in 2014 and now produces smartphones using the Moto name along with its own brand.
While it is not known which mobile carriers will service the device, consumers are curious to find out.
The Lowe’s Vision app gives a practical solution to interior designers, contractors, and the do-it-yourself Americans looking to spice up areas of their homes.
This app is the latest development from Lowe’s who continues to produce consistently high numbers each quarter. These are part of its efforts to distinguish itself from fellow home improvement retailer and competitor Home Depot.
Both the app and Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro are expected to be released at the end of this year.