App lets you ‘see’ products in home before buying

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A new shopping app for the iPad can let you see how a new sofa would look in your living room without you having to actually lug it home.

Shopping search engine TheFind has rolled out an updated version of its free Catalogue app for Apple Inc.’s iPad with a feature called “camera view.” The feature shows an image of furniture or a home accessory from one of the app’s catalogs on the iPad’s screen while the tablet’s camera is on. This lets you see how, say, a chest of drawers would appear against the backdrop of a real room when peering through the iPad’s screen.

Initially, only a few of the over 170 catalogs in the app have products available that work with the feature, including Crate & Barrel.