Cool Tech

Watching this robot fail at building IKEA furniture will make you feel better about yourself

A new research effort shows that even robots, who in addition to their own fine motor skills, were developed by individuals with some serious engineering degrees, struggle with constructing IKEA furniture.

Keep your smartphone food-free and your friends happy with Ikea’s fun new placemat

Ikea has come up with a solution to whether it's polite to put your phone, face up, on the dinner table or not. Its new placemat lets you keep your phone in sight, without making it too obvious.

Ditch your cords with IKEA’s wireless charging furniture

Definitely easier than hunting down a charging cable, IKEA's new furniture line includes wireless charging inserts that will charge any mobile device that supports the Qi wireless charging standard.

Ikea wants to host your wedding – online

Ikea has launched a new service that lets you tie the knot in a virtual setting, with friends and family from around the world invited to attend your special day. No, we're not making it up.

Ikea predicts chaos, says no to massive hide-and-seek game with 32,000 players

Ikea's decision to allow a game of hide-and-seek at one of its stores last year may have seemed like a clever customer-relations move at the time, but now it looks like the whole thing has gotten a bit out of control.

Charge your phone wirelessly with these new Ikea lamps and tables

Swedish furniture firm Ikea has got in early with the MWC announcements, taking the wraps off a new range of lamps and tables that come with Qi-enabled wireless charging pads built-in.

Ikea wants you to use its emoticons so you don’t break up in its store

It's a pretty well-worn joke that shopping at Ikea destroys relationships. You'd think Swedish meatballs could heal everything, but instead the furniture-maker just released relationship-saving emoticons.
Movies & TV

Ikea invades movie theater, replaces seats with bedroom sets

Definitely the best way to watch a film on a giant movie screen, Ikea thought it would be a fun idea to surprise moviegoers by replacing all the seats in a theater with plush beds.

IKEA launches standing desk that also lets you sit down

With plenty of research showing how sitting at a desk all day can damage our health, an increasing number of companies are coming up with sit-stand solutions so we can easily change position throughout the day. Here's one from…