IKEA Using Body-Scanner & 3D-Printer to Design Customized Ergonomic Chair for Gamers

Published by , September 14, 2018 12:44 pm

(3Ders.org)  Swedish furniture chain IKEA recently announced that it is partnering with e-sports group Area Academy and US 3D printed prosthetics startup UNYQ to bring customizable chairs to gamers. They are using advanced body-scanning technology made for medical wearables and 3D printing technology to make customized 3D ergonomic and adjustable seats. The prototype has taken only nine weeks to design and execute.
Gamers and extreme sitters spend many hours in front of a computer so the ergonomics and mobility of the chairs determine how comfortable their sitting experience will be. The 3D printed chair, Ubik, will be made entirely based on the user’s body scan and biometric data. IKEA explains, ““Gamers are an extreme use case,” said Engman. “They’re athletes, they’re competing with their minds and their bodies. I think bringing this type of personalisation to fit unique ergonomic needs, body types, and modes of play will give somebody a healthier life and a better competitive advantage.”

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