IKEA has joined forces with UNYQ, a medical wearables company that designs accessibility aids and brings them to life via 3D printing.
The company has so far made anything from personalized prosthetic limbs to support braces for sufferers of scoliosis. Their prosthetics are spot-on because the company employs the use of a body scanner in order to create a perfect fit for the wearer’s body.
By teaming up with UNYQ, IKEA wants to deliver an improved home life for gamers.
While these sort of products would have normally been spotted on high-level E-sports players, IKEA can now deliver them at an affordable price to anyone who might need them, including gamers with mobility issues.
“It’s true that we haven’t seen the full potential of this group earlier and we haven’t looked into their specific needs at home as much as we should.” Michael Nikolic, IKEA Sweden Creative Leader said “There are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding gamers. In fact, it is a large group of people in all ages where gaming is even a full-time job for some.”
This new series of products was presented at the IKEA annual design conference in Sweden and it includes things like textured key caps that aim to minimize the slip factor and a mouse bungee that keeps the mouse cord out of the way.
”It’s actually striking how unexplored this part of the gaming industry is. Focus has always been on the hardware, and everything else has been ignored”
– Tommy Ingemarsson, Area Academy founder and CEO
A biometric wrist support will keep the gamer’s hands in a more comfortable position while also preventing the dreaded wrist strain that occurs during sessions that last for hours. The wrist support can be fully customized to fit your wrist shape thanks to an app that can scan your hand via your phone’s camera.
The products will be sold via a joint IKEA/UNYQ app as of 2020.