Finally, a virtual-reality game that lets you organize patio furniture.

Wayfair’s Patio Playground is a free “home design” app that launched Tuesday for Oculus Rift. It’s the first home-oriented game or app for the Rift.

Ikea launched a kitchen-exploration app for the HTC Vive earlier this year, where all you could do was change a few color combinations and look at meatballs.

Wayfair, which sells home products and furniture, is using Patio Playground as more of a true virtual window-shopping tool. You can grab some items and lay them out. There are lots of chairs, tables, and loungers. You can put things on the patio and in day, or night. You can use a drone to zap the patio furniture into existence (something drones can’t currently do).

If you have a patio, and you have an Oculus Rift, you could use this to plan your next BBQ party. Or, if you don’t have a patio, you can now live in one in VR.

Seriously, though, home-organizing and design apps could be a killer feature in VR and AR. Lenovo’s upcoming Tango-equipped phone with an AR rear camera has an impressive app from Lowes that lets you virtually put furniture in your actual living room. Wayfair’s concept would be even better if it could be overlaid in someone’s actual patio, too. Read More...

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