This augmented reality concept is like a real video game tutorial for your Airbnb rental


We’ve seen some interesting uses of Apple’s ARKit and other phone-based augmented realities, but this concept is one of my personal favorites: an AR overlay to install guests into an Airbnb rental. It’s like an actual version of the tutorial interface in a video game, except instead of telling you that you can open gates to sneak into locked rooms, it shows you how to use the thermostat or find a room. first aid kit. (It’s also a smart replacement for sticking notes on the wall, which is probably more accurate, but less fun to imagine.)

The concept was conceived by interface designer Isil Uzum, who imagines combining the augmented reality capabilities of ARKit or Google’s Project Tango with the location detection features of a smartphone. Airbnb hosts can pin notes or videos to specific places or objects, and travelers can see those POIs listed in their Airbnb app. They could select one, hold their own phone, and see an arrow pointing them in the right direction. When approached, a contextual overlay could provide information or instructions. Uzum has a longer explanation with some additional notes here.

This is just a design idea, not an actual app or something from Airbnb affiliate. I’m not sure if this would work well in a real-world Airbnb rental, as it looks like it would require extremely precise geolocation (possibly with something like a bluetooth beacon) and image recognition, not your standard spatial tracking in augmented reality. The idea of ​​labeling virtual notes in a real space is not new at all; The developers of Microsoft HoloLens imagined using such a system on construction sites for example. But that’s a pretty smart use of the idea, and something I could easily imagine a company like Airbnb testing for itself – although a spokesperson apparently said Cnet that for now, AR is just one “area we are currently exploring”.


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