Toys R Us releases an AR app that lets you interact with its failing stores
When Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection last month, retail juggernauts like Walmart and Amazon were cited as the reasons behind the company’s woes. Now, in efforts to try and attract more customers to its shops and add a technological edge like its competitors, Toys R Us has released an AR app that lets users interact with its stores. AR has seen a surge in popularity thanks in part to a wave of new iPhone apps developed with Apple’s ARKit. Toys R Us is hoping to ride that wave.
The app, called Play Chaser, works by scanning signs scattered across each Toys R Us shop, which unlocks content like mini-games and other play experiences. They include virtual basketball where a hoop appears on the device’s screen, an interactive feature with the company’s giraffe mascot Geoffrey, and a baby nursery. Players can earn in-app currency (called stars) by completing quests and games. They can also compete with other players locally, or nationally in some games, via an in-app leaderboard that tracks scores.