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February 18, 2016
It's the gift we attribute to architects and designers: to see a room and imagine new possibilities for color, light, and of course, furniture. Thanks to a new tech startup, Pair, anyone with an iPad or iPhone can—quite literally—rapidly visualize furniture in any space.
3D space planning and furniture visualizing app.

Pair's premise is simple: open the app on your iPhone or iPad, aim its camera to the room, select a furniture model, and drag it onto the screen. Unlike other apps, Pair let's you walk around the room while keeping the furniture in place. This lets you intuitively understand a layout as it would be seen and used.  

Of course, as with any seamless technology, it's easy to miss the complex systems working behind the scenes. However, Pair's complex algorithms didn't get their start at a software or architecture company, but rather at a U.S. Air Force base in Guam.

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Furniture visualizing and 3D space planning app.

That's where Pair's founder and CEO, Andrew Kemendo, was stationed as an Air Force officer. He was a project manager responsible for outfitting new facilities: a job that demands precise spatial planning. With some prior coding experience, he built a prototype program in 2011.

Over the next few years he and Pair's CTO Taylor Clark tweaked and grew the app until its launch last November. Now the company has partnered with Herman Miller, IKEA, Vitra, Opendesk, and others to put their furniture at your fingertips.

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Augmented reality interior design app Pair.

Pair's database includes over 400 3D models, each of which can be placed into your room within a half-inch of precision. You can insert multiple models and snap screenshots for future reference. The best part? The app is free for users; it's the manufacturers who pay to make their products available to you. 

And how does Pair recognize and remember your room's dimensions? Complex visual algorithms place points around the room and track their location, allowing the program to dynamically understand the space even as you move through it. (For the technologically inclined, it's called SLAM: simultaneous localization and mapping).

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Interior design augmented reality app Pair on iPhone.

Users can conveniently pruchase furniture through the app, making for a smooth planning-to-shopping experience. While non-designers are Pair's primary userbase, the app's powerful visualization abilities means professional designers and retailers alike can use it. For instance, the Creative Office Pavilion uses it to help clients with their office layouts. 

 

 

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Augmented reality interior design app Pair.

According to Kemendo, "the sky's the limit to see something in a space." Cars and fireplaces might a future market, however, smaller design firms can also use Pair's technology. Anyone can upload a 3D model and send it to another Pair user for vizualization in their room(s).

To learn more about Pair, you can visit their website and their blog. To download Pair, check out their iTunes page.

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3D space planning and furniture visualizing app.

Pair's premise is simple: open the app on your iPhone or iPad, aim its camera to the room, select a furniture model, and drag it onto the screen. Unlike other apps, Pair let's you walk around the room while keeping the furniture in place. This lets you intuitively understand a layout as it would be seen and used.  

Of course, as with any seamless technology, it's easy to miss the complex systems working behind the scenes. However, Pair's complex algorithms didn't get their start at a software or architecture company, but rather at a U.S. Air Force base in Guam.

To learn more about Pair, you can visit their website and their blog. To download pair, check out their iTunes page.

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