Ikea Now Has a VR Showroom

Sometimes you don’t want to pop out, but you know you need to go grab that something. A sandwich, some food for the week or even that new game. There’s only so much you can get delivered by drone, so what about the stuff you want to see before you buy? Well if you are one of the lucky ones planning a trip to Ikea, why not see what it looks like before you’ve even left the house with Ikea’s new VR showroom.

The new program is available through Steam, with the app supporting the HTC Vive headset. In the app, you can choose from one of three rooms with the ability to change the colours of cabinets and drawers with just a swish of the Vives controller.

The app gives you the ability to explore from both a tall person’s perspective and a child’s, giving you the option of trying out a kitchen before your little one find all the bits that you regret buying two days later. The page notes that this experience is expected to last 5 minutes, with the pilot only being supported until august 2016.

In their press release Ikea state they see the “IKEA VR Experience as an opportunity to co-create with people all around the world”, asking for suggestions and ideas on how to use virtual reality and improve their VR kitchen. Is this the first step to a VR shop? Could we avoid the second guesses of buying something from a picture by viewing it in 3D before we’ve even left the house?

Would you ever trust an app before you buy or do you have to see and touch something in person before you buy? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

The IKEA Wireless Charging Collection Hits Stores This Spring

IKEA is introducing a lineup of wireless charging furniture and accessories that are hitting stores in late spring. The collection includes lamps, end tables, single and triple charging pads, and an installable wireless charging pad.

The whole wireless charging sensation is something that hasn’t really taken off since it hasn’t been mass adopted in the past few years like so many wish it would have. There have been many devices that have adopted the technology and adapters made to take use of the tech in the form of cases and battery adapters.

It has been known for a while that IKEA planned to introduce this lineup, but it just announced that they will go on sale in late spring. The lineup consists of standard Nordmärke wireless charging pads that are $28 for the single and $65 for the triple. Then there is an actual furniture line that will have the Qi standard charging pads built-in. An even cooler product is the Jyssen wireless charger, a $30 pad that you can install into existing furniture with a $5 Fixa hole saw set that they will also be selling. That should make it a breeze and very affordable to make your whole house wireless charging friendly, from your desk to the kitchen counter there are tons of possibilities.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Ikea Hosts Online Weddings

Where should we get married, Ikea? I wouldn’t have said Ikea was even a place that I would think of getting married in, yet the Swedish retailer has seen an opportunity in the marital market.

Last week the major retailer Ikea launched a new service called Wedding Online. The new service allows couples to hold a virtual ceremony attended by their closest friends and the rest of the internet if you wish.

Ikea will then process the webcam streams and live impose them onto a location. The whole process seems a bit odd and will definitely not be as romantic  as a normal wedding. You could dress up in a tuxedo or dress but as it only streams your head no one would know if you’re sat there in your jogging bottoms and tank top.

You’ll also miss out on the dad dancing at the do afterwards, the free food and drink and the eardrum splitting cheesy music that should never see the light of day.

Ikea have the system released already on their website but it’s in Swedish so may be rather difficult to work out, however after clicking a few buttons on the site you should be able to make it into the section to start a ceremony.

Ikea have posted a video onto YouTube advertising the new system

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Thanks to Designtaxi for the information

Images courtesy of ikea

Ikea Planning to Sell Wireless Charging Lamps and Tables

We live in an era where our smartphone and/or tablet battery is one of our top priority for the day. Often we forget to plug them into a charger while at home or at the office, only to notice we can barely unlock them to see a notification once we are outside.

Ikea seems to have been thinking about the same problem and appears to have a rather high-tech solution, offering its customers a range of lamps and tables that come with wireless charging technology. Floor, table and work lamps are just a few of what Ikea offers in terms of lighting solution, along with a pair of bedside tables that come with individual pads which would add more charging locations to homes.

It seems that the furniture supports the Qi wireless standard, which is the leader in the wireless charging standard around the world. Since one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers which sell their handsets with built-in Qi wireless charging technology is Microsoft and its Lumia series, Ikea is also offering to sell charging covers for Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S handsets in order to use them with its furniture.

Ikea is said to start selling the furniture in the US and UK in mid April, having a starting price of around £40 in the UK. Pricing in the US is still to be confirmed.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information

Meet The IKEA Furniture Assembly Simulator

We’ve seen a host of humorous simulators recently. From Farming Simulator, Rock Simulator and of course the world-famous Goat Simulator, it seems like you’ll be able to simulate pretty much anything soon.

Well now, you can simulate everybody’s favourite task – assembling IKEA furniture. No, really. Unfortunately, it’s not called ‘IKEA Furniture Assembly Simulator’ but Improvisåtion.

It was built in 48 hours by just four people and offers both a single player and online multiplayer. Its developers call it “the most fun & accurate cooperative furniture assembly experience”. I’m pretty sure they’re the only people to have ever said that sentence.

Get it for free on both Mac or PC here and take a look at it in the video below.

Source: The Next Web