Ikea Tests Virtual Reality App
April 6, 2016,
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Ikea is testing the virtual reality waters with a new app that provides a virtual kitchen experience, enabling customers to envision three differently styled room settings.
The pilot virtual reality app, called the IKEA VR Experience, has been released on video game developer Valve’s game platform, Steam. Ikea said the launch of the app is intended to solicit consumer feedback as it continues to explore the possible implications of the technology for the home.
“Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to 10 years, it will be an integrated part of people’s lives,” said Jesper Brodin, managing director at Ikea of Sweden and range and supply manager at Ikea Group. “We see that virtual reality will play a major role in the future of our customers. For instance, someday it could be used to enable customers to try out a variety of home furnishing solutions before buying them.”
“We also see IKEA VR Experience as an opportunity to co-create with people all around the world. We hope that users will contribute to our virtual reality development by submitting ideas on how to use virtual reality and how to improve the virtual kitchen,” said Martin Enthed, IT manager for Ikea Communications, the in-house communication agency at Ikea of Sweden.