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Virtual Reality Meets Home Design

Metaio Technologies' Augmented Reality Software

— March 29, 2007 — Art & Design
Instead of being a chore, shopping for home furnishing can be fun and effortless thanks to Metaio, a hip new software company based in Munich, Germany.

The company mastermind, Daniel Jäger, examined the perils of furniture shopping and recognized room for improvement and innovation to help people easily create their ideal nest.

The tedious process of setting up a home doesn't always deliver anticipated results after ogling beautiful showrooms. After taking meticulous measurements, choices about personal taste and budget need to be made. After making a few compromises and paying a wallet-breaking bill, the furniture is schlepped home for assembly.

Things just got a whole lot easier.

Innovative German technologies have changed the future of shopping for your home. The "Augmented Reality" software promises to save users time, money and effort.

It's as simple as snapping a digital photo of your living room, transferring the file to your computer and opening the image in the program. 3-D models like furniture are then integrated into your photo letting users see what works from a functional and aesthetic point of view.

Forget bickering with your partner and watch as the PC determines if that plushy couch from Urban Outfitters will actually fit. Add a coffee table, some art on the walls and a plasma TV, and with a few clicks of a mouse you have a virtual preview of your dream house.

Metaio Technologies go beyond the home, offering benefits to offices and factories. Even the automotive industry can utilize the software for better assembly line planning. The possibilities are endless.

Jäger said large industrial enterprises are monitoring the new technology, particularly in Germany and other parts of Europe. He predicts it will be among the Top Ten Technologies that we will encounter in numerous industries.