During the Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple presented several brand new features for its tablets, starting with iPadOS 16. The firm’s large touch screens were also entitled to new APIs, including RoomPlan, which uses the sensor LiDAR to scan three-dimensional environments.
This radar is available on several devices, including iPad Pro the most recent but also the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro. It uses time-of-flight technology (also known as ToF for Time of Flight) to measure distances in augmented reality, like the one found on top of some self-driving cars or on robot vacuum cleaners.
Model a room from your mobile
The WWDC was the occasion for the first developers to test RoomPlan, and the least we can say is that the result is particularly striking. Judge for yourself, the back sensor of the iPad Pro is for example here capable of detect every piece of furniture in a bathroom in real time:
Test #2 – vaulted ceilings. I noticed that the wall shapes have to be rectangular. It could not follow the slant angle of the ceiling line. This made parts of my walls much taller than in reality.
It did a great job at picking out the desks and bedroom furniture. pic.twitter.com/fbu5B9L3Ds
—Jonathan Stephens (@jonstephens85) June 7, 2022
Of course, the result is not yet perfect, but for a system available on consumer products Apple has clearly set the bar very high. In the second video, we can thus notice that the LiDAR sometimes has trouble recognizing constructions whose guide lines are not perpendicular. We bet that by the release of iPadOS 16 and iOS 16 for all in autumnthese incidents will be resolved.
For your future apartment?
RoomPlan therefore seems to have already proven itself, and could quickly catch the eye of several brand creators. We think in particular of the case ofIkeathe Swedish store being customary to collaborate with Apple thanks to its connected stores that can be triggered with HomeKit automation.
Thanks to the RoomPlan API, Ikea could thus allow its customers to virtually replace their indoor furniture with its own items to be assembled as a kit. A simple way to test before you buy, without leaving home.
To learn more about RoomPlan, do not hesitate to consult the official documentation provided by Apple for iOS and iPadOS developers.