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Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented Reality’s Impact On Home Design

Augmented reality has had a pretty interesting journey into mainstream culture over the past 18 months. Consider, for instance, that in the summer of 2016 you probably didn’t even quite know what it was!

Now, if you pay close attention to tech circles, you may have learned how to distinguish it. Basically, you can sum it up like this: virtual reality transports you completely into an animated environment, whereas augmented reality makes it appear as if animations exist in your actual environment. Oddly, I find “Wizard’s Chess” from Harry Potter to be a good way to think about it. VR Wizard’s Chess would mean entering a live game board like the characters did in the first film – walking on a chess board, taking part in the game, with pieces and players all around you. AR Wizard’s Chess would simply mean pointing your device at a table such that, looking through it, you would see a chessboard with live, animated figures.

That’s a distinction many of us didn’t quite have straight as VR was emerging in 2015 and 2016. Then everything changed just about overnight, with the release of Pokémon GO. It was the first widely released, mainstream augmented reality game that used nothing more than a phone to work, and it suddenly challenged us to wonder about how this tech could differ from VR. In the immediate aftermath of the game’s release publications as big as The Guardian asked, where does augmented reality go next?

As it turns out, the answer was: all over the place! It took some time, but a little more than a year after Pokémon GO came out, Apple and Google unveiled programs that made it easier for developers to make AR games. That led to puzzles, cartoonish shooting games, board and strategy games, and more on augmented reality. There are likely more of these games on the way, as well as games in other genres. Slots, for instance, are a category to watch; casinos have made 3D games that are in essence the same as video slots but with 3D elements practically built for AR. We should also keep an eye on successful VR titles that could be adapted for mobile devices the same way popular console games are, fitted for AR rather than VR. The possibilities are endless.

As stated though, the journey for AR has been interesting, and one of the most unexpected things about it has been how quickly it branched out beyond gaming. It may always be the games that generate the headlines and draw the most attention to this tech phenomenon. But there are plenty of experiences already available through AR that have little or nothing to do with entertainment. Interestingly enough, many of them instead deal with home design.

IKEA led the way in an increasingly deep connection between AR and home design, with the basic idea being that you can simulate your furniture and interior design through apps. Through the IKEA app and several others, you can use a phone or tablet to do everything from measuring space to visualizing a piece of furniture or a decoration in space. You simply hold up your device, look through it, and see that new couch in the corner, or a new lighting fixture on the ceiling, etc.

This may sound like a gimmick, but think about the convenience it affords you in designing your home or redecorating a room. Theoretically, there’s no more need for a tape measure, or for shuffling old furniture around to gain perspective on your dimensions. There’s no more need to bring furniture home and put it in place just to see if it works. AR can do all of this for you, such that when you’re ready to make a purchase or change up the room’s organization, you’re confident in your choice.

It’s been an unexpected result of a journey that started mostly with innovations in gaming. But AR is now an invaluable tool for home design and organization.

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Secrets of a Well-Lit Bedroom

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

Secrets of a Well-Lit Bedroom

The bedroom is the place where we finally leave our daily woes behind. It is meant to be a place of comfort and coziness where we can feel good in our skin. In many ways, it is the last “bastion” of the kingdom that you can truly call your own – a home. This is why it is important to take care of every aspect of this room to create a truly comfy place and making an effort when it comes to light sources can truly pay off. If you are interested in how to do this, here are some secrets of a well-lit bedroom.

Go soft

The key thing when it comes to a well-lit bedroom is not to overdo it. You do not need a fixture that can throw a blinding light with the strength that can rival theater reflectors. In order to have a relaxing bedroom, you have to go soft.

This is not a dining room or a living room where you can “show off” the light show and where you can experiment with interior design coupled with a variety of crazy lights. In fact, too much light in your bedroom can be a form of light pollution when you think about it.

This means you should avoid LED light bulbs in your bedroom at all cost. They may be a good solution for your kitchen or your bathroom, but they are known to cause a lot of stress for your eyes, which is something you cannot have in this environment.

Bet on lamps

Chandeliers are superfluous in bedrooms. They tend to be bulky and hard to clean, not to mention there is always the danger of something falling off while you’re asleep and, if the bed is directly under the chandelier, waking you up in a very unpleasant way. It is a much better solution to install wall fixtures and add a dash of milky glass cover over the bulbs, something that will make the contrast dimmer and contours of the room smoother.

This is why lamps are such a good type of lighting to bring into your bedroom. They can be heavily stylized, different and colorful – they are a perfect tool to bring something aesthetically distinctive into your bedroom while fulfilling their basic lighting function.

Their best feature is that they are completely optional and movable – it is easy to throw them out of the room or replace them if you find a more suitable lamp. Salt lamps are a very popular choice among the people who lead a healthy lifestyle. Even if you do not believe in the health benefits of salt lamps, they can look very appealing and give your bedroom a very distinctive look.

Have an electrician on speed dial

Short circuits and malfunctioning light switches are nothing particularly special. In fact, they are the bane of every household’s existence. When it comes to electrical issues and emerging problems, you will probably notice something is wrong in your bedroom long after the evening has started.

This is why every household needs to have a reliable emergency Sydney electrician on speed dial. Being able to call a repairman at any time of the day is truly an invaluable luxury that usually does not cost much.

Each room in your household should come with its own set of distinctive light sources that emphasize the role of the room. As the bedroom provides a space of safety and comfort, you need to adjust and install the light fixtures accordingly. Do not overdo it, and go for gentle solutions above all else. If you strike the right balance, you will end up with a perfect bedroom and you will truly be able to leave your stress at the door.

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