Microsoft HoloLens and Lowe’s joining forces to redefine home renovation – Starting with your kitchen

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Microsoft today announced  that its HoloLens divison and home improvement company, Lowe’s are partnering in an effort to redefine how people think about home renovation – starting with the kitchen.

This implementation is a new, innovative way that Lowe’s is enhancing the customer experience. This month, Lowe’s is piloting its HoloLens-powered kitchen remodel demonstration in-store, in the greater Seattle area. From there, Lowe’s will begin piloting in-store in Raleigh, North Carolina, not far from its headquarters. Customers will be able to rethink home renovation using the power of holograms.

Using HoloLens, Lowe’s is providing customers in select pilot stores with a new way to experience home improvement. Lowe’s is using HoloLens to demonstrate a variety of design options for kitchen cabinetry, countertops, appliances and features like backsplashes, in a visually-rich and interactive way. Lowe’s customers will be able to experience a holographic representation of a completely new kitchen, adjust finishes and options instantly, and share their designs easily online.

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Now people can view, in life-like realism, large items like cabinets, appliances and countertops in size and scale with incredibly high-definition options and detailed finishes. The holographic details are rich and allow users to even see the differences between shiny chrome appliances versus matte brushed aluminum options. From within the nearly empty square frame of a showroom kitchen, customers can completely change the look and feel of that space – including adjusting the size and shape of an island, and viewing virtual design options against physical counter stools. This mixed reality solution was important, so that customers can remain within the physical kitchenette and view options and adjustments to that existing physical space, alongside physical options, in the form of holograms. A miniature hologram kitchen allows for a bird’s eye perspective of the kitchen.

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The Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition costs a whopping $3000 and begins to ship at  the end of this month (30th March 2016). Interested  developers can apply to purchase a device at www.hololens.com/developmentedition.

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