eBay has now made it easier for sellers to ship their items by using augmented reality to pick the right USPS box, the company announced in a Monday press release.
Using Google’s ARCore platform on Android, eBay leverages motion tracking and environmental recognition to help sellers superimpose virtual shipping boxes of various sizes over a physical product.
For millions of @eBay sellers, finding the right shipping box just got easier with the help of #AR. Today, we unveiled a new augmented reality feature that identifies which @USPS box best fits your item. Learn more: https://t.co/BbpqzpEecg #ARCore pic.twitter.com/yNSQwwKMa2
— eBay Newsroom (@eBayNewsroom) March 19, 2018
Aside from accurate sizing, the new AR feature will help sellers quickly compute for actual shipping costs, as well as save time from having to test boxes at the post office.
The new feature can be found in the “Selling” part of your eBay account. To try it, tap on “Will it Fit?” option on your smartphone. You'll then have to place your item on a flat, non-reflective surface, say a wooden tabletop, for the AR to work.
Next, tap on your item to place the virtual box over it, then aim the smartphone camera around it to map the surrounding area. You can move around the box and look from all angles to see if the product sticks out while adding room for padding. Once you’ve picked the box, you’re now ready to ship out the item.
Sellers on eBay ship billions of items annually, so any innovation that simplifies the shipping process will likely be well-received.
“By coupling Google’s ARCore platform with premiere AR technology built at eBay, we are continuing to make the selling experience more seamless,” James Meeks, eBay mobile head, pointed out. “This technology is just one example of the types of innovation we’re working on to transform eBay. It demonstrates our continual innovation on behalf our sellers to help them save time and remove barriers.”
However, the AR feature of the updated eBay app is currently only available on a few Android ARCore-compatible devices in the US. There are plans to eventually extend the feature to iOS devices, but no timetable has been set yet.[Featured image via eBay]