Amazon has made its augmented-reality shopping tools more powerful, now letting you create full rooms of AR furniture when planning out what to buy.
The e-retailer in 2017started offering AR shopping features with “,” which allows people to see 3D images of furniture in their homes by using their phone cameras. But you could only look at one item at a time.
Amazon said Tuesday it’s now expanded its AR capabilities with its “Room Decorator” tools, letting people add and arrange dozens of furniture pieces within the same room, save up to 100 of those designs and keep editing the arrangements on mobile or desktop. Amazon will also recommend items to combine together in a design.
These features are part of atech companies are offering, including new games, design tools and shopping features. Retailers including Wayfair and Ikea also offer AR tools, which should help people get a better idea on the size and shape of items before buying them, helping cut down on returns. Plus, shopping for furniture online using these tools can be especially useful for people looking to avoid going to stores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Amazon said Room Decorator can be used with tens of thousands of items sold by both Amazon and independent merchants on its site. You can access the new tools by clicking on the “view in you room” button available on the pages of these items.
Like with Amazon’s prior AR features, these new tools will only be available at first for Apple’s iOS users. Room Decorator is now available for about half of iOS customers in the US and will roll out to the rest of that group over the next few weeks. It’s coming to Android in the next few months.