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Apple’s AI-powered RoomPlan complements a design app

As an interior design software provider, Planner 5D develops an application that allows users to design their rooms in 2D or 3D. However, many users found that the process of tracing and drawing the room they wanted to design took a long time. Planner 5D looked for ways to speed up the process.

During the summer, Apple approached the seller – based in Vilnius, Lithuania – with an early software developer package of the tech giant’s own RoomPlan app. It scans rooms and turns them into 3D floor plans using AI and machine learning technology.

Planner 5D then incorporated the RoomPlan feature into its app, giving users the option to use it or manually draw and trace their rooms.

With RoomPlan, Planner 5D saw significant savings in the time it took users to scan their rooms and create floor plans of the rooms they wanted to change.

A time consuming step

“It happens in minutes,” said Alexey Sheremetyev, chief product officer and co-founder of Planner 5D.

“Customers actually asked for something like this,” adds Matt Kryvashein, chief marketing officer at Planner 5D. “A user gets a much better experience than any other capture method [tools]and for us it was kind of a natural addition.”

With RoomPlan, customers use their phone’s camera as a scanner to capture a room’s dimensions, walls, and objects. The tool helps users better capture planes and objects in the rooms with the right speed, exposure and distance. Then Planner 5D’s processing server receives the information, rebuilds the virtual geometry of the room, and links it to the app’s 3D catalog.

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Once the room has been recreated, a user can virtually rearrange the furniture placement and shape of the room.

Not for everyone

While RoomPlan is a good option for some Planner 5D customers, it only solves the first problem for some.

Using the RoomPlan feature, users of the Planner 5D app can quickly scan the room they want to design.

First, the feature is only available to users who have it LIDARenabled devices. Light sensing and distance technology uses lasers to measure distances and map objects. Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro model and later uses LIDAR technology.

In addition, since RoomPlan is an Apple feature, it is only available to customers with iPhones.

This limitation has led to complaints from customers without LIDAR devices or iPhones, Kryvashein said.

However, for Planner 5D, similar products not comparable to RoomPlan on the market.

“The quality of their results is not stable,” Kryvashein added, referring to the other products Planner compared 5D RoomPlan to. “In the past, we’ve decided that we wouldn’t offer our users something that isn’t high quality or low quality, so we’d rather wait for something similar to land on Android than give our users a negative experience.”

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