Hands-free home design

Summary:Watch a video of a new DIY home design app developed by prefab manufacturer IDEAbuilder

Prefab manufacturer IDEAbuilder have developed a handsfree home design program. Their Kinect based app allows users to snap together a house from a library of components using only hand and body gestures. The library is populated with components that can be digitally fabricated and robotically manufactured in the company's factory. A performance shell feature lets users design to energy performance standards.

The app is a few steps beyond the other design programs on the market that allow homeowners to design their own homes. Of course, the library of building components and materials is limited to what IDEAbuilder provide, but the simple interface might encourage more people to try the program.

IDEAbuilder's Online Home Builder is still in pre-release and the company plans to improve the user interface and add more components. Watch a video of the app below:

Via: Wired Beyond the Beyond

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow he... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.