IKEA has set quite a standard when it comes to recreating your home. The Swedish company always had a knack for creating useful products with impossible names. Yes, speaking from personal experience, the names are quite the mouthful, with pronunciations going all around. On the other hand, UNYQ is a company that produces medical based accessories. Manufacturing medical aids by using 3D technology, UNYQ brings the future to the medical industry. So, what happens when you combine the Swedish Giants and the Innovative futurists? Well, both companies bring about something quite interesting. 3D produced gaming accessories.
UNYQ has been known to scan people to produce customised medical accessories. Partnering with them, IKEA gives the customers just that. By scanning peoples hands and wrists, they are able to produce customised keycaps and wrist support. What this means is that people would get good accessibility with products made just for them. The Keycaps give more traction while the wrist support helps in preventing wrist strains. They have produced a video on UNYQ’s Youtube page, giving a brief picture of the product.
What is so special about this?
While this isn’t something new, for the general public, it is quite innovative. One should not forget that high-level eSports players, taking part in international competitions already use 3D printed Add-ons. While that is true, these are always on the expensive side of the spectrum.
With IKEA, UNYQ will be able to sell these at a lower cost, aiming towards a more general group of gamers. Not only would this improve the average gamer’s experience, but would be an inviting feature to the sport. To make this more readily available, unlike other IKEA products, these would be available exclusively on the online App/Store. These will be available on both IKEA’s and UNYQ’s platforms.
It is a good step for both companies. For UNYQ, it would give them quite the exposure to IKEA’s level of market share. As for IKEA, they have been working on 3D Add-ons for their furniture and this would open up new passages for them to explore in. Overall, a good move. As for the gaming industry, according to an article by Engadget, CEO of Area Academy said: “It’s actually striking how unexplored this part of the gaming industry is..”. So basically, for the eSports world, it is a significant leap to advancement.