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Cloud Rendering, AI, VR and AR, Kujiale is Trying Its Best
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Kujiale's Interior Design. PHOTO: Kujiale

On Dec 22, the 2nd Technology Open Day Sponsored by Kujiale(酷家乐) was successfully held at Kujiale's Hangzhou headquarter. Kujiale invited professors and experts from University of Bath, Zhejiang University(浙江大学) and AICUG-The Chinese Artificial Intelligence Technology Community to present and review the latest development in artificial intelligence.

Dr. Christian Richardt, associate professor at the CAMERA Research Center in University of Bath, UK, explained the LIME system showcased in the CVPR 2018 Oral Paper, the preeminent international conference on computer vision. The LIME system is the first end-to-end solution for real-time simulation of object material and ambient light using a single image. It was jointly developed by Max Planck Institute, Saarland University, Stanford University and the University of Bath.

Prof. Wang Rui(王锐) from the Key CAD Laboratory of Zhejiang University, contributed a series of research findings in the field of pipeline optimization. In addition, Hangzhou Xi Chuang Technology(杭州犀创科技)'s CTO Qian Shuang(钱爽) introduced the application of transfer learning in multi-domain, multi-tasking, and multi-language scenarios. As the organizer of this event, Kujiale's chief scientist Tang Rui(唐睿) analyzed the current status of cloud rendering technology, also interpreted Kujiale's AI+cloud rendering technology and introduced its consumer-grade high-quality rendering solutions.

The information exchange between scientists and enterprise experts in R&D progress and results in such industries promotes understandings about both sides, inspires companies with application ideas for the newest technology to better serve their clients; while inversely, the researchers could identify opportunities of cooperation with the enterprises which are hungry for technology breakthroughs.

In the field of cloud rendering, Kujiale has always seemed conspicuous in the home and furnishing industry in China. Kujiale platform has generated nearly 400 million home renderings with an average of 1.5 million renderings per day; Approximately 200,000 sets of home design plans are generated every day, and cumulatively, exceeded 60 million.

Aiuw.com(爱有窝), akin to Kujiale in China, constructed a platform to connect designers and customers, home furnishing companies and furniture brands. However, the company resembles Kujiale the most is Planner 5D, which is an advanced and easy-to-use 2D/3D home design tool made for amateur designers: Floor plans and design layouts with furniture and other home items can be created by using the 2D mode, users can also switch to 3D to explore the design from any angle. Colors, patterns, and materials of furniture, walls, and floors can be further edited and adjusted to fit the space better. In the end, users could use a snapshot function to make the design viewable by others. Nonetheless, architectural working drawings for building contractors cannot be generated, while Kujiale could. Additionally, Planner 5D allows business to display their products via its interior design project, provides users the convenience to buy any product within one click; AR and VR are enabled to perfect customer experience in the purchasing process as well.

In the exuberance of DIY in western countries in recent years, homeowners are keen in doing refurbishment and interior decoration by themselves, or at the very least, to input more in the home furnishing process by enhancing cooperation with their interior designers. Hence, most of the western customers-oriented home and furnishing internet companies focus on building merely a convenient platform for homeowners to find and select interior designers they admire, and allow furniture and home furnishing brands to display their products for customers to purchase and then delivered to them, but mostly without installation services.

For example, American company Houzz, is offering such platform for home decoration enthusiasts to find the best home designers, inspired by worldwide cool design ideas, buy products they favor online, thus successfully build or upgrade their dream home.

Moodfit from Lebanon relies on its algorithms to match a customer's taste and calculate their ideal 'style'. The process invites users to take a brief quiz and pairs them with a likeminded interior designer in their network based on the answers given. The designers then take into consideration of the budget, clients' lifestyle and preferences to present suitable design plans to their customers, discusses the details with them until clients satisfied, the concierge team will deliver the items clients chose to their doorsteps. But they do not provide installation or construction services either.

While in developing countries, such as India and China, the DIY trend is not as prominent as in western countries. Thus companies like Livespace.com in India features a one-stop solution for homeowners, from furniture installation, civil work to wall treatments by experts. 

In terms of technology, Kujiale almost finds no rival in China, at the same time, enjoys companies from a few peers abroad. Though steadily seating in the throne, Kujiale is not satisfied with its achievement, it is still actively, consciously introducing AI technology further into the home and furnishing industry in China, hoping to rapidly improve the efficiency of technical operations through machine learning. The company is still looking out for more opportunities to cooperate with top scientists and researchers in the industry to strengthen their product.

Author: LI Jia; Write to LiJia@EqualOcean.com

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