IKEA entered into a partnership with UNYQ, a medical wearable company that provided expertise in a project that included the development of a line of gaming equipment for players with disabilities. In fact, UNYQ is internationally known for using a three-dimensional printing system in the creation of devices that help people with health conditions sensitive to living a more normal life. The method consists of the analysis of the patient's body and the digital modeling of solutions that adapt to their measurements.
The product range that was born from this collaboration is called UPPKOPPLA. The prototypes were presented at the annual IKEA design convention in Sweden, along with an app that users can use to measure the biometric data of some parts of their body.
Textured covers for keyboard buttons and strings are just a few of the solutions that both companies find useful for consumers who fit into their target audience. The idea is to ensure that they are able to reproduce more precise movements.
Another product is a support for the player's wrist, which prevents further injuries during game sessions on the computer. In this case, the app can be used to measure the user's hand and suggest an appropriate configuration for the support.
Although IKEA's presence in the gaming sector is a novelty, the same can not be said of the company's efforts to include a consumer segment that is often overlooked by the industry.
Please note that none of these products will be sold in-store, so you will need to access a new app to get them. This, however, is not yet available.