Tap Measure outsources the tedious task of space mapping to your iPhone
When asked for their biggest pain points, many interior designers will likely point to the process of mapping the spaces they’re outfitting. It takes time to painstakingly measure dimensions and then recreate these rooms in design software. Luckily, the advent of augmented reality means space planning is about to get much simpler.
Boulder, Colorado–based app maker Occipital’s latest release, TapMeasure, is an iPhone app that allows designers to create full, accurate spatial maps in a matter of minutes. All it takes is your iPhone’s camera and a few taps of the screen to define the boundaries and contours of a space, not to mention the windows, surfaces, furniture and picture frames contained within. From there, users can easily create CAD-ready 2D floor plans and 3D room models that can be exported to design software like SketchUp.
Occipital is already known for Structure, a 3D scanning sensor that attaches to tablets and retails for $379. But Apple’s new iOS 11–compatible ARKit has opened the door for an entirely smartphone-based solution. We’ve already seen retailers like IKEA play around in Apple’s new augmented reality sandbox. TapMeasure, however, marks the first such app ostensibly aimed at an audience of professional interior designers. And with a current price of $0.00 in the App Store (ironically, cheaper than some basic digital tape measures), even hobbyists can play around with AR and see their spaces in a new way—or just get some high-tech help with leveling pesky picture frames.
With iOS 11 now available to the public, this is surely just the first of many ARKit apps aimed at designers and architects. For now, check out Occipital’s introductory video to see TapMeasure in action.
For More Information About This Blog Post, Click Here!