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The UNHCR will begin shipping the shelters to families living in refugee camps around the ...

Designing a viable refugee shelter is one thing, but having the necessary infrastructure in place to make huge numbers of the shelter affordably and transporting it to those in need is quite another. Which is why the news that Ikea has committed to deliver 10,000 units of its flatpack refugee shelter to UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) could potentially prove a big deal.  Read More

Ikea will sell both furniture with wireless charging built-in, and accessories that can be...

Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture.  Read More

Ikea is looking to tap into the standing desk craze with Bekant

As the abundance of standing desks to emerge this year would indicate, sitting on your butt all day is not all that good for your health. The world's largest furniture retailer is now joining the fray, with Ikea launching a convertible desk that adjusts mechanically from sitting to standing position and features the company's characteristically sleek design.  Read More

The Ikea Regissör bookshelf

Were you one of those kids who bought the snap-together model kits, instead of the usual ones that required glue? Well, even if you weren't, you'll likely be glad to hear this – Ikea is planning to start selling furniture that requires no tools to put together.  Read More

Ikea has invested in LED Design Products to use its flexible LED light tiles

We've already seen that LED lighting can be incorporated into carpets and wallpaper. Now, Ikea will be using LEDs in a whole host of other products around the home. The company has invested in Design LED Products for the use of its innovative LED light tiles.  Read More

IKEA makes virtual room design easier with augmented reality

Even when you're armed with precise measurements, trying to imagine exactly how that stunning new sofa will look in your living room is not an easy task. It will therefore come as no surprise that leading retailer IKEA has found that 14 percent of its customers end up taking home furniture which turns out to be the wrong size for its intended location. Thanks to augmented reality, customers of the Swedish home furnishings giant can now try out select products in their homes with the help of a printed catalog, a mobile app and a smartphone or tablet.  Read More

The Ikea refugee shelter designed to provide refugees with better living conditions

A tragedy of modern times is the millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter, and only last about six months in constant use despite some refugees living in such tents for up to 12 years. On World Refugee Day in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.  Read More

Italian researchers have developed a robot that can be taught to build an IKEA table (Phot...

Teaching a robot how to deal with real-world problems is a challenging task. There has been much progress in building robots that can precisely repeat individual tasks with a level of speed and accuracy impossible for human craftspeople. But there are many more tasks that could be done if robots could be supplied with even a limited amount of judgement. A robotics group led by Professor Sylvain Calinon at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is making progress in solving this problem.  Read More

KNÄPPA is a flat-pack cardboard digital camera from IKEA

If you've got a craving for cheap Swedish meatballs or self assembly furniture, IKEA is normally a safe bet. But despite announcing its new UPPLEVA "hybrid furniture" range, IKEA probably wouldn't be your first stop when looking for consumer electronics … and that's not going to change with the unveiling of the KNÄPPA flat-pack cardboard digital camera.  Read More

IKEA UPPLEVA all-in-one unit in white

IKEA is moving into "hybrid furniture" with its new all-in-one UPPLEVA range. Integrating a home entertainment unit with AV equipment from Chinese manufacturer TCL, the UPPLEVA comes with a full-HD, smart LED TV, a combined Blu-ray, DVD, and CD player, and a 2.1 sound system featuring a wireless subwoofer - all operated by a single remote control.  Read More

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