Ikea MediaCubes by Mattias Andersson

Today you can almost buy an entire home at Ikea. The only missing part is the media and entertainment products. If Ikea would start selling media products, what would they look like This concept uses tangible interaction to control media. The controls consist of two cubes made out of wood. The system can track the orientation and rotation of the objects. First a function is chosen by placing it’s symbol on top. Then the cube is turned to adjust the function. Functions can for example be adjusting the volume.

Different graphics on the sides of the cubes show the different functions. The symbols are placed in a logical pattern and corresponds to a graphical interface on a screen. To make it easier to use the controls when it is dark, the symbols light up as soon as the cubes are moved.

The technology inside the cube is fairly simple. A gyroscopic sensor detects any movement with good accuracy. The signal is then sent to with radio technology in the same way a wireless mouse works. The cubes are charged with contactless induction technology. There is no need for a power input.

Designer: Mattias Andersson


  • Ernie says:

    This is the product that made me sign up! its very smart! I love it, and I’m sure IKEA would too.. but just wondering.. what software do you use to render these concepts?

  • BStew says:

    It might work, but what about the infamous thing of Ikea not including directions? Ikea electronics wouldn’t succeed, people don’t buy devices from companies that make furniture.

  • dustin says:

    the concept of spatial orientation for media control is pretty awesome. a lot more fun and intuitive than pressing buttons on a remote.. i’d probably spend more time fiddling with the knobs than watching the movie!

  • steve says:

    Why ikea? Why a cube? Why two of them? What if one of them gets lost? I have never seen anything but furniture at Ikea (oh, and the food court), but with that said, Ikea is not the type of company that should go into mass production of media devices. This would change the whole purpose!!

  • I do like the way you have framed this particular situation and it does supply us a lot of fodder fo

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