Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

EBay app adds augmented reality to choose the right shipping box

EBay app adds augmented reality to choose the right shipping box

Ikea's augmented reality "try before you buy" app has just launched on Android.

"By coupling Google's ARCore platform with premiere AR technology built at eBay, we are continuing to make the selling experience more seamless", noted eBay mobile head James Meeks.

Last year IKEA unleashed their AR app into the world but unfortunately it did not land on Android at the time.

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The AR feature is pretty simple: point your phone at whatever it is you're trying to ship, and it'll superimpose an augmented reality box over it so you can figure out if it'll fit. Here's the full changelog for the new version. You then "try on" virtual boxes around the item, to see which one fits best - leaving room for extra padding if the item is fragile, of course.

Available on some Android devices in the USA from today, eBay is tapping Google's ARCore software development kit (SDK) to leverage motion-tracking and environmental awareness smarts to help merchants position a physical product inside a virtual box.

The Android app also introduces a new visual search feature powered by Grokstyle, enabling you to match stuff in your house (or more likely someone else's house!) with items from the Ikea catalogue. That list is somewhat limited, but does include Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, LG's V30, OnePlus 5, and recent Samsung phones dating back to the Galaxy S7 (S9 support should come soon too).

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