• Karen Abramyanc

Photoreal Augmented Reality Furniture

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

We've all seen IKEA's AR app that allows you to redecorate by dropping 3d furniture into your living room. Multiple home design companies such as Houzz, Decor Matters and RoOomy utilize AR to help customers visualize virtual furniture in their homes before making a purchase.

All these apps use similar graphics technology to place virtual furniture in your home using your smartphone. The drawback? The realism of the virtual furniture items leaves much to be desired. Mobile devices lack the processing and battery power to replicate convincing virtual furniture. Materials such as marble, ceramics, leather, fabrics and metals are difficult to replicate and tend to look like plastic.

Bottega's LightStream technology bypasses hardware constraints that limit the quality of graphics on mobile devices. LightStream enables advanced shading effects such as subsurface scattering, translucency and anisotropy. Photoreal, computer generated furniture is now attainable for use in AR apps for mobile phones and other low-powered devices.

left: Low-quality USDZ 3d model. right: High-quality LightStream 3d model