Smart Furniture to Common Small-Space Apartments

Smart Furniture to Common Small-Space Apartments

Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 - 06:30
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Imagine living in a small apartment in a large city, but being able to summon your bed or closet through a mobile app, call forth your desk using voice command, or have everything retract at the push of a button.

A start-up called Ori of MIT Media Lab, aims to fulfill this dream. The Boston-based startup is selling smart robotic furniture that transforms into a bedroom, working or storage area, or large closet, or slides back against the wall to optimize space in small apartments, reported the German News Agency.

This system is an L-shaped unit installed on a track in the house, so it can slide back and forth. One side features a closet, a small fold-out desk, and several drawers and large cubbies. At the bottom is a pull-out bed. The other side of the unit includes a horizontal surface that can open out to form a table.

The vertical surface above that features a large nook where a television, and other electronic devices can be placed. The third side, opposite the wall, contains still more shelving, and pegs to hang coats and other items.

The website quoted Ori founder and CEO Hasier Larrea who said: “We use robotics to make small spaces act like they were two or three times bigger. Around 200 square feet seems too small total area to live in, but a 200-square-foot bedroom or living room doesn't seem so small.”

Users control the unit through a control hub plugged into a wall, or through Ori's mobile app or a smart home system, such as Amazon's Echo.

The first commercial line of the systems, which goes for about $10,000, is now being sold to real estate developers in Boston and other major cities across the US and Canada.

Larrea says the system could be bought directly by consumers.

Larrea says that these technologies can evolve for kitchens, bathrooms, and general partition walls. "Spaces will adapt to us, instead of us adapting to spaces,” he added.

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