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Next-generation Lowe’s Holoroom rolls out to select retail stores
Lowe’s Home Improvement is currently rolling out the Lowe’s Holoroom Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experience to stores in select US markets. The experience combines an in-store iPad kitchen and bathroom design app with Oculus DK2 Virtual Reality viewing experience. Once users are satisfied with their selections, designs can be exported to YouTube 360 for viewing at home with a Google Cardboard. Learn more here.
What is the Lowe’s Holoroom 3D Virtual Reality shopping experience?
A project of Lowe’s Home Improvement, Lowe’s Innovation Labs and SciFutures, the Lowe’s Holoroom is powered by Marxent’s VisualCommerce™, the virtual products platform. VisualCommerce enables Lowe’s to manage thousands of SKUs as virtual 3D objects, along with their associated meta data. With the ability to populate a 3D space with actual products stocked by Lowe’s, Lowe’s shoppers can design their perfect bathroom or kitchen and literally walk into it, share it via YouTube 360 and then buy the products to turn their virtual design into reality.
Using Oculus and 3D Virtual Reality to visualize products – and projects
The Lowe’s Holoroom helps Lowe’s Home Improvement customers to design bathroom remodeling projects and envision their material selections together in 3D space. This immersive shopping experience facilitates the buying process in two steps. First, shoppers engage with Lowe’s products with a tactile design process that they control on an iPad, then they experience the products in a full-size 3D visualization by using an Oculus Rift in-store.
- Shoppers design their bathroom with the help of a trained sales associate.
- Users are empowered to make selections for tile, countertops, sinks, faucets, appliances, toilets and other finishes and products in endless configurations.
- Once satisfied with the initial design, the user dons an Oculus Rift headset which allows them to experience their created space in 3D Virtual Reality.
- While wearing the Oculus, a Lowe’s concierge can help the shopper to trade out their selections such as paint colors, appliances, and more.
- When the design is complete, it can be exported to YouTube 360 for sharing and for viewing at home with a Lowe’s-supplied Google Cardboard.
- Dynamic download allows for limitless 3D products to be used, and a cache server updates products to make them available immediately to users with no latency. The Lowe’s Holoroom browsing experience includes multi-tiered categories, multiple product images, filtered lists, and featured alternate products.
- The Holoroom experience gives customers a new way to browse and experience product collections. Customers respond to new, engaging ways of experiencing products, especially personalized, immersive uses of mobile technology.
- The experience of designing and stepping into a 3D Virtual Reality room builds enthusiasm for the purchase and the 3D view helps shoppers confirm their product selections.
- Custom analytics allow Lowe’s to drive future decisions based on user behavior.
How the original Lowe’s Holoroom (v1.0) worked
- Shoppers can walk into the Holoroom area of participating Lowe’s stores to begin the experience. Specially trained Lowe’s associates provide assistance as shoppers design their bathroom using the Holoroom app.
- Shoppers begin designing their room on an iPad, first selecting the size and shape of their room, along with the color and tile of walls and floor. Next, shoppers can fill their room with a collection or individual 3D products, adjusting their position by touching and dragging.
- To view their design, customers walk into the Holoroom holding an iPad and experience their room in 3D space, at full size. They can walk around their room to judge the layout and see the spaces between products. Shoppers can zoom into products to see textures up close.
- Each virtual room design is saved and printed for customers to take home, along with product information, pricing, and details down to paint swatch colors and the number of tiles used. Shoppers also walk away with a universal trackable they can use to launch a mini-holoroom augmented reality view of their room at home with the My Holoroom app.
Where to see the Lowe’s Holoroom
The next-generation Lowe’s Holoroom is rolling out to Lowe’s Home Improvement stores in Ohio and Colorado in time for 2015 holiday shopping. The roll-out starts with their Dublin, Ohio location on November 9th. See the full list of participating stores.
The original Holoroom was been installed in two Lowe’s pilot stores in Canada. Lowe’s brought the Holoroom experience to CES 2015 in Las Vegas Nevada, and accompanied the experience with virtual reality views of rooms via Oculus Rift headsets.
What is VisualCommerce™, the virtual products platform?
VisualCommerce™ is the only proven virtual products platform and CMS for Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences. 3D products allows for upload of 3D models, along with management and maintenance of thousands of objects and products (SKUs). Using Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality views and advanced content management, VisualCommerce™ is a powerful sales tool designed to empower shoppers with design tools and assist in visualizing and buying semi-custom products. Learn more about VisualCommerce™