Everyday Experiments

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Point and Repair

Object Detection
AR
Screenless Interfaces

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What if your furniture could tell you how it’s feeling?

Built by — Random Studio

Random is an experience design studio based in Amsterdam. We are artists, designers and engineers who follow a research-led approach, exploring new connections between people and brands to service experiences that trigger a sense of wonder.

Point and Repair is a design prototype for a new augmented reality (AR) experience which would help you to upcycle your belongings. By pointing to or scanning a piece of damaged or worn furniture, you would actually be able to engage it in a conversation about how it could be upgraded or fixed. Different solutions would be suggested depending on the type of damage; ranging from upcycling tutorials to assistance in ordering specific parts for something, instead of replacing an entire product.

'We envisioned creating a setup in which the home was as much responsible for informing, making suggestions or questioning the user as the user was for controlling the home.'

—Random Studio

Point and Repair would offer users access to easy and affordable solutions regarding upcycling furniture, while simultaneously encouraging sustainable and circular consumption. Being able to repair components and parts rather than opting to purchase new furniture encourages a sustainable attitude in the home, and provides an opportunity to further understand how things we surround ourselves with are made.

'We believe that the most value you can give people is how it impacts their connection with their home. Whether that is new inspiration, more imagination or enabling a more sustainable lifestyle.'

Random Studio investigated three areas for this concept: visual search, recognising damage, and three-dimensional (3D) visual support. To show people how to fix a wobbly closet, it could be helpful to show them where all the nuts and bolts are directly on the object. To do that, they would identify the object and how it is posed in space in order to then overlay a 3D model of the object on top of it. If the 3D model also has all relevant details like nuts and bolts as discrete parts of it, these can then be highlighted individually to let people see where they are.

'Augmented reality is too often used to create virtual worlds that don’t relate to your immediate surroundings. We wanted to make sure that we would respond to the uniqueness of your house.'

—Random Studio

Point and Repair will give people access to easy and affordable solutions regarding upcycling furniture, while encouraging sustainable and circular consumption. Being able to fix or mend components and parts rather than whole furniture provides new possibilities for service providers and customers alike.

'An easy way to interact with your furniture by pointing and speaking will create a more natural and intuitive relationship between the user and the product, enabling people to care for their furniture better.'

Everyday Experiments is a project by SPACE10 & IKEA.

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Everyday Experiments

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How will tomorrow’s technologies redefine the way we live at home?

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