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No more paint swatches or sample squares; visualize your dream design in augmented reality

Equipped with the HoloLens headset, Lowe’s customers will be able to completely redesign a showroom kitchen by adding cabinets, tiles, countertops and appliances in real time. The experience will be introduced next month to selected stores in Seattle, where Microsoft’s headquarters is located, and then to Lowe’s flagship store in Raleigh, NC.

Microsoft’s General Manager Scott Erickson claimed in a blog post that the details are so rich that users will be able to notice “the difference between shiny chrome appliances [and] matte brushed aluminum.” And since home improvement shopping is very much a communal sport, HoloLens lets others view what the customer is seeing through a Surface tablet. If the items are not available on-site, customers can see the final product on their computers as an automatically-generated 3D model.

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