The orange sofa does not look right in that corner, so you move it to the center of the room. You’re strong, you’re independent, you need no help. But the color is off. Maybe if it was aqua? So you fix that, too. Wait? How did you pull that off? You’re not magic, you’re just equipped with an augmented-reality shopping app.
We’ve all become accustomed to online shopping, but it has its limits. Every full shopping cart comes with it the risk of a letdown when your order arrives. The color, the size, the look, any number of things could be off and require the most dreaded of tasks: returning through the mail.
Enter augmented reality. With the help of developer tools like Apple’s ARKit to Google’s ARCore, apps are becoming more immersive. It’s slightly surreal to see pieces of furniture popping in and out of your living room or different shades of lipstick showing up on your lips. Check out some of our favorite AR-enhanced apps below.