Room Editor is a technical prototype in which you can "erase" a piece of furniture from your home, and then switch it with a brand new replacement so that you can easily visualise what the new piece will look like, without needing to move the old one.
In reality, most people aren’t always adding new pieces of furniture to their homes – we’re often just looking to replace one thing we already have with a new model. Existing apps don’t tend to account for this, which can be problematic. Are you really going to go to the effort of moving your couch, just to see what a different couch will look like in its place? Room Editor would let you have a quick look to see what something new would look like, and then allow you to order it there and then.
'We believe that the smarter technology becomes, the less it should require from us. It should free us to focus on the relationships, experiences, and activities that matter the most to us, by removing unnecessary complication.'
Room Editor is an augmented reality (AR) prototype combining AR and ARKit 3 with a generative machine learning model called EdgeConnect (an image inpainting model) to simulate the ability to remove existing objects in an image and place realistic-looking models in their spot. The goal of the experiment was simply to demonstrate that this was possible, and serve as a documentation of the state of the technology, assessing the quality, viability and immersiveness of the experience.
Room Editor would save people time, negating the need to have to make trips to the store. It would also allow people to think of their spaces as more fluid than fixed – always changing, always improving.
'The progress in artificial intelligence to change perception of reality made in the last year is mind blowing and has potential to change how we design our homes. Both when it comes to removing elements, moving them around and dreaming up new designs.'