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IKEA Unveils Gaming Product Line That’s Customizable To Your Comfort
By Mikelle Leow, 05 Jun 2019
Image via IKEA Newsroom
IKEA is ensuring feverish gamers will have more reason to never leave their homes. It has unveiled its first prototypes for ‘UPPKOPPLA’, a new range of 3D-printed products built to improve the gaming experience.
The collection is a collaboration between the Swedish giant, UNYQ—a design company specializing in 3D-printing medical wearables—and e-sport curricula expert Area Academy. IKEA shares that while two billion people around the world are gamers, the community has been severely ignored when it comes to furniture design, ergonomics, and customization.
“We haven’t looked into their specific needs at home as much as we should,” Michael Nikolic, Creative leader at IKEA Sweden, acknowledges in a press release. “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.”
The ‘UPPKOPPLA’ collection aspires to fill these gaps with reimagined 3D-printed gaming products like a biometric wristband, textured keycaps, a mouse “bungee,” in addition to desk supports, chairs and tables.
‘UPPKOPPLA’ wrist support. Image via IKEA Newsroom
The IKEA x UNYQ wristband, for instance, alleviates wrist strain while gaming or typing. The product will be built to fit your wrist; snapping a photo of your hand in an accompanying app allows for IKEA to customize the wearable perfectly for your body.
The range’s keyboard caps ensure your fingers don’t slide off to other keys intense gaming moments, and a “bungee” for your mouse keeps its cord away from obstructing your movements.
‘UPPKOPPLA’ keycaps. Image via IKEA Newsroom
‘UPPKOPPLA’ mouse bungee. Image via IKEA Newsroom
While such items are more easily found in high-end gaming stores, IKEA’s affordable prices will make customizable gaming products accessible even for casual gamers. The personalization aspect also makes ‘UPPKOPPLA’ friendly for people with physical disabilities.
“The ambition is that new learnings from personalization for gamers will lead to solutions also for people suffering from, for instance, physical disabilities or physical strains,” the company reveals. “It can also shorten the supply chains, minimize waste and shorten transports—ending up with more sustainable products.”
The ‘UPPKOPPLA’ collection is slated for release pretty soon, and gaming enthusiasts can look forward to owning the customizable series from 2020. You can check out how the products work in the video below.
[via Engadget, video via UNYQ, images via IKEA Newsroom]
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