Toshiba's AR App Lets You See if That Giant TV Will Actually Fit in Your Living Room

By Tom Pritchard on at

We all like having a TV at home, unless you're some sort of weird anti-display hipster. We all like having nice big TVs as well, seeing as how they're better for all the hi-res content we're consuming. But how can you tell if that TV will actually fit in the broom cupboard you call a home? Toshiba's new app is here to help.

'Toshiba TV Augmented Reality' (available on Android and iOS) lets you take a virtual version of the TV for a test drive, so to speak, using QR codes to add a likeness of Toshiba's displays inside your own home. You're prompted to print off the QR code when you start up the app, and all you need to do is put it on the surface to plan on using to house a TV.

You can cycle through Toshiba's entire range, in varying sizes, and toggle between a wall-mounted display and one with a stand. That way you won't get some nasty surprises when you buy the thing, nor do you have to get out a tape measure to make sure everything will fit.

The downside is, of course, that it only works with Toshiba's current TV range, and not the countless other TVs from other companies you can go out and buy instead. It's not a bad rough approximation, though, but I'd recommend doing a rough measurement just in case the model you want isn't quite the same size as Toshiba's equivalent.

It's not the first instance of AR tech being used to look at big purchases before you make them, but with TVs seemingly getting bigger and bigger it's a handy tool to have around.

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