Goodbye QR Code and Hello Augmented Reality… it was only a matter of time before the inevitable, right? With IKEA going AR, you know the rest will soon follow. AR is really the perfect tech for such things anyhow as you need the print in hand to access to added value, and with IKEA providing a BRANDED reader APP, there is no issue with being able to access the digital information. I won’t be surprised if the next step is being able to scan in-store as well to enhance the shopping experience…. maybe even get the meatball recipe!

IKEA Unveils Its Catalog Of The Future 

For its 2013 catalog teaser, IKEA has revealed its adoption of mobile augmented-reality and interactive technology, as a new approach for its future catalogs.

In a bid to take inspiration one-step further, to help people around the world create homes they love—this year, the furniture retailer will be filling the 62-year-old tome with “smart ideas, fun stories and beautiful products”.

Users have to download the new IKEA Catalog App (which would be available from 31 July) for their smartphone or tablet, and scan select pages of the 2013 catalog to unlock films, interactive experiences, photo galleries and other home-furnishing inspiration.

Andreas Dahlqvist, Vice Chairman of ad agency McCann New York—the agency that reimagined the catalog—told Creativity Online that the agency aspired to bring ‘IKEA creativity’ to the catalog itself.

“One of the catalog’s new main features is an accompanying (soon to launch) visual recognition app that will bring its pages, and the offerings within, to life in the form of inspirational videos, designer stories, ‘x-ray’ vision that peeks inside furniture, and more,” Creativity Online wrote.

More images here:  IKEA Unveils Its Catalog Of The Future – DesignTAXI.com.

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