Augmented reality (AR) shopping is typically thought of as the filling up of an empty space with virtual objects to assess the fit of that object to that space. This formulation ignores the portion of shopping that involves the replacement of an item. While a user can take a photo of an item, without an AR model of the item, the user cannot determine the fit or suitability of the item to their spaces. Current AR tools cannot identify and describe the key differences between what a user has and what the user wants to purchase. This disclosure describes techniques that enable the recognition of an object in an image and the automatic downloading and casting of AR models of that and related objects. A user can use the AR models to test the fit of the object in various spaces and virtually compare the object with its variants in various spaces.
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Faaborg, Alexander James and Barros, Brett, "Use of Augmented Reality to Enable Comparisons between Physical and Virtual Objects", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 09, 2020)