IKEA launches a global platform for tech and interior design experts to experiment with the future of homes
IKEAhas launched a web platform – Everydayexperiments.com for design and technology experts.
- The platform is backed by IKEA and its research lab
- The experiments will be based on latest technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality and cutting-edge spatial intelligence.
The platform is backed by IKEA and its research lab SPACE10.
“The future home should be about the people first. It’s a place for everyone to be safe, to feel comfortable and in control. Technology is quickly becoming a vital part of the IKEA customer experience and home furnishing offer. Being a values-driven brand, we focus on people and planet. As we enter a new digital era, we are also exploring new ways to create a better everyday life at home, while protecting people’s privacy,” said Fredrik Axén, Digital Manager Core Business Franchise, Inter IKEA Systems in a statement.
The experiments will be based on latest technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality and cutting-edge spatial intelligence.
Some of the interesting experiments listed on the website are – optical sound system, where you can actually see how music travels inside your homes. “Optical Soundsystem is a speculative design prototype for an augmented reality (AR) application which would allow you to "see" music within your environment,” says the LA-based company ManvsMachine behind the experiment.
Another experiment is building new tech initiatives within your old furniture. “The apps would be simple, friendly tools which could, for example, use sunrise and sunset to open and close your blinds; use a lightbulb to warn you of high air pollution; or take images from NASA’s photo archive and turn them into a lighting display,” says the Bakken & Bæck, the global tech design company which was also one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2020.
The launch of the website comes at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay home and work from home has become the new normal. ““Home – especially these days – plays an important role in how we develop our everyday interactions and relationships. We believe, the more we learn about the next curve of design and technological innovations, the more we can help people to make tomorrow’s life at home, and with each other, even better,” said Bas Van De Poel, Creative Director at SPACE10.
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