CHICO, Calif., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Build.com, the largest online-only home improvement retailer, and Prolific Interactive, an award-winning mobile product agency, are excited to launch a brand new AR experience - "In-Home Preview" - available as an update through the Build.com app for iPhone and iPad. The immersive in-app experience allows customers to interact with realistic, to-scale models of lighting fixtures and faucets.
"Customers have always told us how important it is to "touch & feel" products before making a purchase. With the launch of Apple's ARKit for iOS 11, we now have a way of bridging that physical world with the digital," said Dan Davis, CTO of Build.com. "By partnering with Prolific Interactive, our customers can now visualize a product in multiple finishes and see how it would look and function in their space, all from the comfort of their home."
Using Build.com's "In-Home Preview" feature, customers can view incredibly detailed, to-scale 3D models of products in their homes. The immersive experience allows customers to see exactly how a product will appear in their existing environment. Products can also be viewed in different interactive contexts from switching a light fixture on and off, to turning on a faucet.
While other home improvement retailers have dabbled in augmented reality, Build.com partnered with Prolific to leverage Apple's new ARKit to offer the most precise and accurate modified reality interactions in eCommerce today. The company carries over 800,000 products and aims to have over a thousand available in the "In-Home Preview" feature, including products from Delta, Kichler, Hansgrohe, Progress Lighting, Miseno, Park Harbor and more.
"While virtual and augmented reality have been part of the digital conversation for years now, the release of Apple's ARKit presented an opportunity to quickly bring AR experiences to mobile users at scale," said Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, VP of Product at Prolific Interactive. "The experience we created with Build.com quite literally bridges the gap between online and offline for their customers in a way that adds delight and increased confidence for their customers on their path to purchase."
The Build.com app is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store, and the "In-Home Preview" AR feature can be experienced on devices running iOS 11 (iPhone 6s/6s Plus and later and all iPad Pro generations since 2015, as well as the new iPad, 5th generation).
Based in Chico, Calif., Build.com is the largest online-only home improvement retailer and maintains an extensive network of specialty sites. Build.com brings together personalized customer service with the convenience of online shopping and an endless selection of quality products for the entire home. Free, Live Advisors provide start-to-finish guidance in plumbing, lighting, door hardware, ventilation, and more to help make every project a success. A trusted partner for professionals and consumers alike, Build.com takes the guesswork out of home improvement. For more information, visit www.build.com.
About Prolific Interactive
Prolific Interactive (www.prolificinteractive.com) is a mobile-focused product agency based in Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Durham. Through a strategy-led, user-centric approach to creating products, Prolific delivers mobile experiences for leading brands including American Express, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gap, Sephora, SoulCycle, and Scott's Miracle Gro. Founded in 2009, Prolific has been recognized as a "Best Place to Work" by AdAge and Crain's New York Business, as well as one of Inc. 500's Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2016 and one of Crain's "50 Fastest Growing Companies in New York."
SOURCE Prolific Interactive; Build.com