Augmented-reality app shows full potential of homes

Rooomy's augmented-reality app can overlay furnishings onto a smartphone's camera view
  • Real estate agents can use Rooomy's smartphone app to show buyers different interior-design possibilities during showings.
  • The app uses Google's Tango technology to overlay furnishings onto a smartphone's camera view.

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After a prospective homebuyer wanders into a home’s living room, she grimaces: the space groans with off-color wallpaper, shag carpeting and a well-worn couch. But her agent is smug as a bug. She hands her client a smartphone and instructs her to peer through its camera.