Ikea is partnering with prosthetics firm Unyq and e-sports firm Space Academy to create a line of equipment for avid gamers. Referred to as Uppkoppla, which suggests “on-line,” the 3D-printed line is supposed to offer custom-made suits for avid gamers, together with these with mobility points. The primary merchandise embody a wrist brace, textured key caps for higher grip, and a mouse bungee, which retains cords out of the way in which whilst you play.
The Uppkoppla line is created from a method developed by Unyq, which makes use of physique scans to create 3D-printed merchandise with private suits. The primary prototypes and an app to measure biometrics had been revealed at Democratic Design Days, Ikea’s annual product convention.
“Avid gamers spend a big portion of their time on-line, sitting for hours on finish, which may result in large bodily pressure on the physique,” Unyq defined on its Instagram. The intent is that custom-fitted gaming equipment might be extra ergonomic and ease pressure. Ultimately, the three corporations hope to use the learnings from this collaboration to create extra accessible merchandise for avid gamers with bodily disabilities.
Ikea’s solely launched previews of the important thing caps, mouse bungee, and wrist band for now, however says its prototypes have included house merchandise like desk helps, chairs, and tables as properly. The Uppkoppla line will launch in 2020.