ATLANTIS: Augmented and Diminished Reality to optimise workflows

Roomle CEO Albert Oritg. Fotocredit: Roomle GmbH

Together with an international team, Roomle is working on the ATLANTIS research project to develop an innovative authoring tool. It will permanently change the way we design our living spaces. We asked project partner Albert Ortig, Roomle CEO, for a little update:

20 December, 2021


Mr Ortig, can you tell us what Roomle users can expect by participating in the Eu project Atlantis?

As part of the living space optimization of their own four walls, the Roomle user has the possibility with ATLANTIS to completely scan their rooms and furthermore to automatically recognise all objects within this room scan, remove them and replace them with new ones. This enables the replacement with new products, but also suggestions for new products by means of artificial intelligence. New technologies to optimise workflows, this is interesting for end consumers but also for professionals. ****

Who are the potential users?

The potential users are end consumers who want to furnish their home very quickly and use Roomle to fire their imagination, but also carpenters, interior designers, architects and retailers. They work intensively with their customers and use the Atlantis tool to better share their ideas with their customers. To speed up work processes and to work easily with a tool that works across devices.

What have your interviews with professionals revealed so far?

We have found out that a tool that professionals can use for all processes from the end consumer to production is very big for all their purposes.

Millimetre accuracy also plays a big role. Especially for companies that produce customised furniture. For retailers who sell chairs or furnish rooms, the colour accuracy of the displayed objects plays a greater role than exact measurement. Augmented Reality is mainly used for a better imagination. Diminishing Reality is seen as helpful above all in the redesign of rooms. Namely, when a room has to be completely emptied in order to redesign it.

Please tell us more about the project!

Atlantis will probably be used as an app or be part of the Roomle app and it will be used mainly on tablets or smartphones. Existing Roomle users are then able not only to capture their rooms true to size, but also to remove desired objects in their rooms. This creates a mixed reality situation with high added value for the user.

It is very easy to try out different furnishing variants, add or remove furniture and share the plan with friends, family or the interior design expert. Augmented and diminished reality as well as artificial intelligence for furnishing rooms play a major role here as technologies.

How does the cooperation in an EU project work in times of Corona?

For Roomle, participation in the ATLANTIS project means an international exchange with experts in the field of Diminished Reality and further expertise. The cooperation works very well and is wonderfully uncomplicated. The work is fun and things are moving forward. We are all experts in online meetings by now. Of course - a real meeting is much appreciated in spring if the pandemic situation is more stable than.

**What are the next steps in the project now?
**Currently, we are doing user tests and tests with professionals with the app developed so far to find out how they would use the tool, what it would be worth to them and to what extent it can be used in the B2B world. We are working the results into the prototype and are trying to improve the tool so that it works without additional devices. (i.e. without an extra panorama camera).

What excites you personally in particular about ATLANTIS?

Atlantis gives us the opportunity to take an existing technology a big step forward with completely new approaches and algorithms. And to be at the forefront of international technology. This excites both me and the entire Roomle team. And, according to the first preliminary information, our customers as well.

Thank you for the interview!