Ever wish you could take surface samples to compare colour and finish of Corian and Zodiaq countertop materials with furniture and kitchen features while shopping for a renovation project? The folks at Dupont sent us an iPod Touch just so we could give mySurface a try, a free app which allows comparison and browsing of a wide selection of surfaces...
Upon first tapping the app open, you're greeted by a a colourful, albeit useless splash page which quickly transitions into your choice of Corian solid or Zodiaq quartz surface colours to scroll through. Tap to see a full screen representation of the surface to place nearby whatever you'd like to compare or contrast it with; for example, if you had committed to a Corian surface, but wanted to see if your choice of white, black or silver kitchen appliances would look nicest with the Chamois Corian surface. Of course, colour representation on an iPhone screen is an approximation, so it's more of a step above educated guess than an exact reference. Narrow down your preferences by adding any of the colour into your "Favorites" as tiles that can be sent via email to your (dis)approving spouse/partner.
A Photo Gallery feature gives some catalog-like design ideas, but mostly will be ignored after one time viewing; we would have preferred an integrated scrapbook feature to bring in and apply Corian and Zodiaq surfaces. Imagine being able to snap a photo of your existing kitchen countertop and having the app superimpose various colours for consideration! [Looks like ArchDaily had the same idea!] Now that would be something extremely useful before dropping a significant investment during a kitchen renovation. But for someone in the business of renovation, this might be a great tool to visually communicate surface options (though, limited to DuPont's line of product, of course).
MySurface can be downloaded for free at the iTunes Store. But note, it requires the 3.0 upgrade, something our old iPod Touch (we gifted the Touch sent to us to a friend) is still missing, thus, we stole our girlfriend's iPhone for testing purposes.