It's no secret we're big fans of Swedish design giant IKEA at MyDomaine HQ, but their latest announcement has us in a spin. Perhaps best known for their Nordic-inspired affordable decor, IKEA is fast becoming a powerful player in the world of home technology. Today, the Swedish brand announced the launch of their first foray into virtual reality, IKEA VR Experience—and it's a complete game changer.
Partnering with leading game platform Steam, the new app allows users to explore three differently styled kitchens using an HTC Vive headset. Users will be able to change various aspects of the virtual spaces, such as the color of the cabinets or type of faucet.
That's not all. The app will also allow you to experience a room from the perspective of a child. Users can shrink or stretch themselves to move around the kitchen and explore the space as a 3'3" tall child or 6'4" tall adult. For those with children, it could help discover potential design flaws or dangers before renovating.
While it's still in pilot stage, Jesper Brodin, managing director of IKEA Sweden, hopes the final app will revolutionize the way we design and renovate our homes. "Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives," Brodin says in a statement. "For instance, someday, it could be used to enable customers to try out a variety of home furnishing solutions before buying them."
Don't have a VR headset? Watch the video to see what a virtual kitchen would look like using IKEA's new app.