PLNAR uses augmented reality to capture floor plans

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Augmented reality can be fun, flashy and, as it pushes its way into the mainstream, also useful as hell. PLNAR, a new free app available exclusively on Apple iOS 11, falls mainly into the latter category by capturing room measurements without the need for measuring tapes and mental math. It's not alone in the space (Magicplan, a floor plan app that's been around for several years, offers something quite similar, and Matterport rolled out the ability to generate schematic black-and-white floor plans from its 3-D models in 2016). PLNAR app screenshot from App Store Released in September, PLNAR was developed by Smart Picture Technologies using Apple's ARKit, a new framework for developers to create augmented reality experiences for iPads and iPhones. In terms of user experience, PLNAR makes app navigation relatively simple. The user opens the app and allows the camera to detect the floor before tracing the walls, floors, or windows once the target has been established. T...