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IKEA furniture app lets you try before you buy -- virtually (Video)

Thursday - 8/22/2013, 4:29am  ET

WASHINGTON - Thinking about buying some new furniture? Now you can try before you buy -- at least virtually.

Furniture maker IKEA is out with a new catalog app that lets users select a piece of furniture they're curious about, aim the phone's camera at a part of the room and voila! The item will appear in the image in about the same dimensions as real life.

The IKEA app does other stuff, too. Its time lapse feature allows you to watch a room being decorated piece-by-piece and patterns or colors can be changes with just a click.

Check out the video below to see the app in action. It's available for iOS and Android.

WTOP's Alan Etter contributed to this report.

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