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Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ikea hacking iPhone style…

Materials: iPhone + catalog

Description: I wanted to picture Ikea furniture in my house before I bought anything.

Mainly for one reason: returning things is a pain in the ass.

So me and 2 friends hacked together an iPhone app that does just that.

It’s called Ikea Now.

With our app, you can now picture popular Ikea furniture in your phone using the camera. We think its cool.

Get the FREE app here.

~ Andy Kim, Orange County, CA

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39 Responses to Ikea hacking iPhone style…

  1. Another vote for the Android App, I’m using an Asus Transformer Prime with Jelly Bean (4.1.1). A friend of mine got your app and it’s simply genius!

  2. Chris says:

    Android app — yes please! Asus Transformer tablet with ICS.

  3. Andy says:

    Hey guys, just wanted you guys to know that we now got some national press:

    Thank you for everyone’s support! We’ve taken down the list of Android devices to make sure that they are compatible so thank you for sharing that information with us!

    It’s coming soon :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Another vote for an Android version. I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Another App, which worked pretty well for me is “Measure Phone”!

  6. mwinter says:

    Anonymous – I installed this app on a 4s and it works, my friend also put it on her 4.

    @Andy am I missing something? Each section only has just a few items from the actual catalog, but not the whole catalog itself. Bummer if this is how it really is supposed to be. :(

    • Andy says:


      We only have about a total of 50 product currently in the app because we wanted to release the app as soon as possible for quicker feedback.

      Since its only me and my 2 friends (only of which 1 is doing the models), its taking quite some time to create the models. We’re trying to churn them out as soon as we can and you will be allowed to download the new models every month.

      Now if Ikea bought us and supplied us w/ $, we can hire a lot of people to build the models out ;)

      We’re working around the clock to meet the demand so thank you so much for your patience!

    • Andy says:

      Oh and one more thing, our team’s goal is to do about 20-30 models a month. Much of it will depend on what other features we’re building. We do have some new features in the making, including landscape mode, and a couple other things that we think you’ll be excited about ;)

      Our focus is to make the overall use and experience as smooth as possible while building the models.

      Last but not least, thank you for telling your friend w/ the iphone 4 to get it!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Only available for I phone 5 : ( please make available for older I phones- I really want this! Fab idea!!

    • Andy says:

      As mwinter mentioned below, it works on the 4/4S/5. We’ve excluded the 3/3GS due to hardware limitations (primarily a slower chip) in rendering the 3D models.

      Which iPhone do you have?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think it’s the 4s as you can see I am not very technical & never update it which may be the issue- I will try it on my husbands phone. Thank you for the reply- good luck with the app!

  8. Anonymous says:

    HTC Incredible S

  9. Anonymous says:

    YES! Android- HTC evo 3d running ice cream sandwich.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yes please, an android app! Samsung Nexus S running 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Galaxy S1 owner and YES to a android app. great Idea

  12. Pf-Otos says:

    Absolutely awesome! Please release the android version very very soon, pleeeease! :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Cool Stuff! Untill now i was always using Apps like “Measure Phone”, which works pretty well for measuring, but YOUR App less effort! Nice!

  14. Carla says:

    I will try your app! Looks promising… :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Great App. Is it possible to use it in landscape mode?

  16. Stefano says:

    great work!!!! excellent!

  17. Anonymous says:

    two big thumbs up! Yes to Android!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Yay for the android version!

  19. Andy says:

    Android will be coming very soon!

  20. holly says:

    that is pretty cool : ) i wish i could do that with all furniture i see. like some kind of photo mashup.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant!! And yes for Android please :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    thats awesome.

    Hav you thought about releasing the app for android?

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