If you’re a meeting & event planning professional, you’ve probably stood in an empty meeting room and tried to visualize various seating configurations. Classroom style? U-shaped? Hollow rectangle? A two-dimensional floor plan might look good on paper, but when the room is finally prepared to your specifications, there’s always a chance of experiencing buyer’s remorse. Well, with the arrival of the iPad and other tablets, combined with augmented reality (AR) apps, those disappointing days may be behind us.
Simply hold up your iPad in front of an empty meeting room, select the “classroom style” seating configuration on your AR app and, like magic, tables and chairs are superimposed over the room. Want to see what the room will look like from different perspectives? No problem. Simply walk around the room and the AR image will adjust automatically! Want to see what a buffet style lunch will look like along the south wall? Point your iPad at the wall, tap the “buffet lunch” option and voila – lunch is served! Virtually, of course.
Can you think of any cool AR apps that would help you achieve your meetings and travel management goals? If so, chime in below and share your thoughts with us and your fellow readers.
~ Theo Szymanski