eBay is developing a great many tools when it comes to AR, AI and machine learning. It’s likely that we won’t see very practical applications for many of the developments for some time. But what do all those terms mean? Today we consider eBay AR and that’s augmented reality. That’s a way of using images and dimensions to help your solve a problem. And this new feature on the eBay apps is a fascinating new example of how eBay is developing. This is the sort of technology that eBay is correctly investing in.
Here’s a video that explains the idea:
But what is the idea? Basically, you can take a snap or video of your sold item (give the app the information about what you’ve sold) and the eBay app will guide you to grabbing the correct box to package and despatch it in. The app will match the goods to the cardboard.
As they say:
You don’t have a ruler, and you don’t have a box yet, so you’re left staring at your item as the countdown to your ‘ship by’ date looms. But what if you could try on virtual boxes and find just the right one to ship your item? eBay’s new shipping tool makes finding that perfect box as simple as holding up your phone. Today, we’re launching a tool that uses augmented reality (AR) to fix real-world problems—letting you hold your phone over a real item and try on virtual boxes.
– eBay blog
This isn’t really a game changer for sellers just yet: you know what boxes and packaging you need. But it is a fascinating innovation and an indication of how the world is going. eBay is increasingly seeking ways to help make selling easier and more efficient and they are investing in the tech. You just have to embrace it.