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An app that helps you arrange/rearrange your room

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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Aug 16, 2021
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This app will be able to give the user possible arrangements of their room by taking measurements of the room's dimension and the size and physical quantities, and the usefulness of the room's content. The possible arrangements will be generated to give the user an optimal efficiency for their activities in the room.

Not everyone can come up with efficient arrangements for their room or workspace. Some people have a knack for imagining the room's arrangements and intuitively put things in places where they are easiest to access when they are needed. They can even make sure some furniture is arranged so that some of them can do double work.

There are existing apps like "room scan pro" and "floor plan creator" that help users visualize arrangements of their pieces of furniture in a room before they are moved in. They are usually limited when it comes to rearranging the room and they are most efficient in visualizing the arrangement of furniture and objects that have similar dimensions. These apps focus primarily on the dimensions of the objects without considering their use or aesthetic effects. The proposed app will make up for the mentioned shortcomings of such systems.

The proposed app will be able to arrange things more efficiently since it will consider the purposes of objects and the parts of the room that they are usually needed. For this to work, the app will require powerful image search algorithms and will be able to measure the dimensions of objects in the room. Lastly, it will require a lot of computing power since projecting and analyzing the possible arrangements will require accurate three-dimensional modeling. It should be practical to outsource the modeling servers over the internet instead of making the phone do the heavy lifting. This will save time and energy from the user's end.

There is also the convenience that comes with being able to go to the user's arrangement history to look for things if they forget where something is placed. The app will also suggest things that could be added to the room to improve the room's beauty or the user's comfort.
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Having AI track your movement to make better suggestions

Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 15, 2021
An added element to this could be to have AI track your daily movement inside your house or place of work for a period of time and then suggesting a layout based on your movement.
For instance, if the AI sees that you spend more time moving between your office and the front door than between your office and the kitchen, it would rearrange your living space to have you closer to the front door and further from the kitchen.

A lot of the findings may be obvious, but there might be some real benefit as you would essentially have your area arranged in the most efficient manner possible.

Perhaps you would be able to set certain parameters to avoid the AI suggesting that you put your bed, television and fridge in the same room as those are the three pieces of furniture you visit most often. Because while that may be technically correct, it does go against convention and it could lead to laziness rather than productivity.
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Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello3 years ago
This is a useful contribution and can be used to continually improve the efficiency and speed of the user's activities and movement by iteration.

A possible setback with a system that suggests improvements of the room's arrangement by monitoring the user's movement is that the user's movement may not be enough to determine where objects are optimally placed. The system will need to record not only the movements but the reasons for the movement. For example, an occupant can be pacing in their room while they are thinking so that a program that monitors just the occupant's movement will suggest improvements to an already optimal arrangement. This problem can be solved by using more advanced AI though the constant monitoring might feel intrusive to some users.

A timesaving arrangement of furniture just means the user has some more time to rest or do more productive work. Not being lazy is wasted on doing work in ways that are not efficient anyways.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw3 years ago
Samuel Bello I agree, another problem would be that the most efficient layout might not be conventional, like I said, I could imagine that such a program might suggest simply putting your most used furniture next to each other, but you wouldn't necessarily want your fridge next to your bed. So there will have to be parameters, and it wouldn't only be based on your movement, as you pointed out.
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jnikola3 years ago
Hi Samuel Bello! The idea is very cool and applicable outside of the proposed scenario. Two years ago, I talked with my friend who studied civil engineering. At that moment, he was working in a company that builds apartment buildings. He said that their biggest problem is to be efficient in floor and apartment planning. They wanted to invest a lot of money in software that would help you arrange apartments and staircases in that way that all the owners have a great view, a lot of light, and a good room-to-hallway ratio. What I want to say is that many architects, civil engineers, and apartment renovators would pay a lot if you develop an algorithm capable of doing the arrangement planning, especially in 3-D! It would save money, help them create better floor and apartment plans, and make them much faster.
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