Robotic Walls Move Themselves To Create Separate Living Spaces

Robotic Walls Move Themselves To Create Separate Living Spaces

Otto Ng's 'Wallbots' is a mobile wall system that can reconfigure itself based on real-time information like the weather and user behavior.

Emma Hutchings
  • 21 august 2012

PSFK Presents The Future Of Work

Architect and technologist Otto Ng developed a project called Wallbots at the University of Toronto’s RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels), which makes living spaces fit people based on their ever-changing needs.

Robotic Walls Move Themselves To Create Separate Spaces In Living Areas

Wallbots is a kinetic wall system that can create a user-responsive environment. It has mobile and self-guiding sections and can reconfigure itself in response to real-time data like weather, social networking, and user behavior.

Robotic Walls Move Themselves To Create Separate Spaces In Living Areas

Wallbots can stretch from 1m to 1.5m by expanding their origami skin and kinetic skeleton. They can move and navigate freely in co-ordination with each other to form an ever-changing spatial boundary. They join together using a simple electromagnetic mechanism and infra-red positioning feedback.

Otto Ng

PSFK is asking readers to show us how they find privacy and solace within their office.

Where do you go to escape from the workplace fray? Do you turn up the volume in your headphones, grab an empty conference room or take an extra long lunch? Take a picture of your favorite workplace escape or share your best technique for maintaining a laser sharp focus.

The best response will get some help finding their privacy with a pair of Beats by Dre Tour Earbuds. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW #MySolace so we know who to credit.

Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see is possible in the Future of Work. Feel free to follow the conversation here and participate in the ongoing competitions. Find the previous Week 1 challenge here: Day 1


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