The scope of applications of augmented reality is expanding at an exponential rate. One of the commonest use-cases for AR apps in the recent past has been in measurements. Airlines and airports have launched AR-based apps that allow travelers to measure the sizes of their check-in luggage. Furniture retailers such as IKEA have also come up with AR apps that allow them to measure and determine the size and suitability of furniture pieces for their spaces. Even Google has an AR ruler-based measuring app that allows users to measure the sizes of everyday items. The latest entrant to AR-powered measurements is Samsung with its Quick Measure AR app.
The Samsung Quick Measure app is promising to be a more precise app than other solutions already available in the market such as the Google Measure. The app improves on its accuracy through the use of Time of Flight (ToF) sensors for its calculations that are capable of recognizing the depth of objects along with the distances, in real time. The Samsung Quick Measure app overcomes the limitations of the Google Measure app which is only capable estimating distances accurately on detecting a flat surface. Due to its use of Time of Flight sensors, measurements in the Samsung Quick Measure cannot be distorted by fictitious depths thereby providing a high degree of accuracy in measurements.
The limitation with Samsung Quick Measure AR app is that it can only be used in the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G since it is the only Samsung phone that currently has a Time of Flight sensor and hence the only one that is compatible with the AR app. As a result, the Samsung Quick Measure will be exclusive to this device, at least over the short term, a scenario that automatically locks out tens of millions of Samsung users.
Apart from the approximation of the sizes of objects, the Samsung AR app will also be able to calculate other types of measurements such as the distance from you, length, depth and area. The app will therefore be more versatile than the Google measurement software and will find lots useful applications in the real world.
When you point at an object, the Samsung Quick Measure will be capable of detecting the object and then producing accurate measurements of the same. The app even enables you to draw lines between points and then calculate the distance between the two points. Using the Samsung AR app, you can also switch between two main measurement systems such as from centimeters to inches using a simple toggle feature. This is a handy feature that saves you the time needed to inter-convert measurements.
Due to its lack of precision, the Google measurements app almost seemed like a gimmick or a fun app that you are unlikely to rely on when you need precise measurements. With Samsung Quick Measure, users are now assured of greater precision thanks to the ToF depth sensor.