InsideMaps, a startup company, has invented an Android tablet app that allows users interested in buying new furniture to see it virtually first.
The way it works is that the user takes a scan of their home using their tablet with the app. The process is still being refined. Right now it is stated that the scan of one room takes 20 minutes, or up to four hours for the entire home.
But InsideMaps is trying to get the scanning process down to about two minutes per room. The company is currently working on deals with the largest furniture manufacturers in the U.S. Once the home is scanned, 3D virtual images of things like sofas may be selected for different areas of your home.
Remarkably, the scans may take place using the cameras in your tablets that were made in the last two years, and the accuracy of the scans is said to work well. The app will be able to measure accurate distances of walls and account for precise locations of doorknobs and window sills. An iOS version of the app is also in the works.
Greg Fischer, @guru_apprentice