This conceptual AR app helps you build Ikea furniture

Anyone who’s ever bought Ikea’s furniture understands the
struggle with the assembly, Allen wrench, and the textless
instruction manual. A new conceptual app called Assemble AR
envisions how Ikea could use its technology to assist with
furniture assembly.

Ikea already uses AR to show potential customers how pieces of
furniture might look in their home
(or anywhere, really)
, but this concept extends that
technology. The proposed app, created by digital designer Adam
Pickard could show you where different components belong — like
which wooden plank goes with the other piece of wood and where
all the different screws should go. You can hold up your phone
and the instructions will be overlaid on the materials in front
of you. The app would also show animations and life-size
references to help make the process easier.

“Even though the IKEA assembly manual is well-designed, people
often struggle with the self assembly, so much so that it’s a
common cliche. It can even be so bad that there are even
professionals that can be hired to do it for you,” Pickard
wrote in a blog
post
. Pickard said he looked at how 3D elements should be
positioned in the user’s environment and also included aspects
of the instructions the user would need at the bottom of the
screen. The instructions could also show which way the screws
should be turned, and customers can hypothetically scan the
product’s barcode to bring up the corresponding assembly manual
for the product.

For now, the app is just a concept. But maybe someday someone
at Ikea will build this app for those of us who are terrible at
woodwork.

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