Revolutionising the industry with AR

Neil Travers
Neil Travers

In recent years, augmented reality has attracted a lot of excitement in the tech world, sparking the imaginations of many business owners. PST managing director, Neil Travers, shares how the company’s unique AR app is set to transform the home improvement industry.

The excitement around augmented reality over recent years is easy to understand – after all, this is a technology that allows us to blend the digital with the physical and enhance our senses with seemingly super-human capabilities.

While virtual reality involves computer-generated environments that we can interact with, augmented reality takes this a step further by using technology to superimpose information such as sounds, images and text onto the world we see, adding to the reality we would ordinarily see rather than replacing it.

AR lets us see the real world in front of us – a tree in the park or a child playing football – with a digital augmentation overlaid onto it. For example, a leopard might be seen sat in the tree, while the child might kick his football past an alien spacecraft on his way to score a goal.

It’s one of the biggest tech trends out there right now, and AR is already being used in a number of sectors including education, entertainment and retail.

It’s used by navigation systems to superimpose a route over the live view of the road, by military pilots to project altitude, speed and other data on their helmet visors, and even by surgeons to project 3D organs to aid them during complicated medical procedures.

AR is playing an increasing role in our daily lives, and now, thanks to a new intuitive app, it’s set to transform the home improvement industry.

Step into the future

Developed by PST, vsHome AR is an innovative app that allows installers to share product designs directly to their customer’s phone or tablet to visualise what their new conservatory, orangery or extension will look like as a life size representation on the side of their home or presented on a tabletop.

By locking the model down and holding their device, the customer can walk around their new home improvement product and explore it from the inside for a truly immersive experience.

The app works as a companion to vsHome, PST’s unique sales platform where installers can design, visualise and price a wide range of home improvement products and bring these visualisations to life using an integrated 3D editor.

Thanks to a series of updates, the app now includes several pre-downloaded models handpicked by PST, as well as access to even more AR models via a link to PST’s new AR models webpage. With such a wide selection to choose from, the homeowner can be assured to find something similar to what they’re looking for – and the installer is then the strongest contender for that sale.

vsHome AR also comes with a built in QR scanner, meaning all the homeowner needs to do is open the app and scan the QR code they receive in an email from their installer. With the new update, homeowners will be able to preview and interact with their model before choosing from the classic viewing modes – Real Scale, Tabletop and VR.

The way forward

Augmented reality might have already made its mark on many major industries, but it’s only just beginning within the home improvement industry, and vsHome AR is a true pioneer.

Businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to transform how they operate, and with vsHome AR, we’ve created something that allows those in the glazing sector to really engage with their customers, making them feel as though you’ve taken the time to make their experience with you as unique as possible, rather than simply offering a one-size-fits-all approach.

Augmented reality has revolutionised the way in which people interact with their surroundings, creating an immersive user experience that for installers, opens up many possibilities for their business to grow.

As a simple, easy to use app, vsHome AR enables installers to give their customers a much better experience, improving sales conversion rates, and transforming the way in which the modern home improvement industry works.

At PST, we remain committed to driving progress and transforming the home improvement industry through cutting-edge solutions, and our vision has always been to empower installers with the latest technology, enabling them to elevate their customer service and stay ahead of the competition.

With vsHome AR, they can provide an unparalleled augmented reality experience, allowing their customers to explore and envision their dream home improvement projects like never before.