The Future of Home Living experience showcases tomorrow's ideas and innovations in modern urban living. Get inspired with our 75 page report, summary presentation and a 5,000 sq ft exhibition in New York City.
The Future of Home Living experience is an interactive space showcasing tomorrow's ideas and innovations in modern urban living. Presented by the team behind idea-sharing news site PSFK.com, the exhibit—in partnership with Stonehenge—presents over 60 new products, ideas and services impacting the lives of urban dwellers.
Ming-Zher Poh, an electrical engineer in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, has developed a mirror that is able to monitor vital signs and show the inner health of the person standing in front of it. When your heart beats, it sends a pulse of blood through your blood vessels and to your face. Because blood absorbs light, the mirror is able to use a simple webcam, the same as the one found in your smartphone, to record the fluctuation in reflected light coming off your skin.
Although the change in brightness is minute, the data can then be translated into a heart-rate reading via algorithm, and the results are instantly displayed right before a person’s eyes, empowering individuals to take the management of their wellness into their own hands.
Getartup is an art subscription service offering an affordable way for people to decorate their empty walls while also increasing awareness around contemporary artists. The web-based marketplace allows patrons to browse a diverse gallery of contemporary artwork just as they would a retail site, sorted by size, type, or color of art. Clicking on a certain piece of art reveals the cost of renting it for a month, or buying it outright.
If shoppers choose to rent a piece of art, a free swap is included after six months whereby they can select a new piece to hang on their wall. The service’s sharing model allows almost anyone to have a different piece of locally-created, contemporary art on their wall each month for far less than it would cost to own.
We spoke with Tricia Rampe, CEO of getartup, on the inspiration behind the service:
Our service allows for the aesthetic enjoyment that original art brings without the high front cost. In cities, the service is also great for people with small apartments that want to rotate through different art instead of owning just one piece. Its a good way to learn about your taste as well! We provide artists with a great way to display their works and make recurring income each month while not having to find their own storage solutions. Designers of the future should be concerned with the environment and using resources that exist in a more efficient way. Our business creates less waste in the art world, as more art can be enjoyed by more people over time. There is so much cool art that is sitting in storage and we want to change that.
Modular and magnetic, this vertical wall organization system builds urban gardening and small space organization into the aesthetic of the living space.
Created by product designers Beau Oyler and Jared Aller in collaboration with the Enlisted Design team, Urbio makes a fun and functional addition to any home.
The pots are made from eco-plastic and can hold almost anything to the wall with their powerful neodymium magnets. They also come with pucks to mount them to the wall individually or attach them to other pots.
A great way to get plants into your home if you don’t have your own garden outside, and if you are short on space indoors.
Designer Jared Aller described his inspiration for creating this botanical solution to urban living:
As urban dwellers, it can be difficult to find space to exercise our green thumbs. Urbio is a magnetic system that will help us transform any wall or ferrous surface into a beautiful vertical garden.
Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, has designed the ThinBike in collaboration with German bike manufacturer Schindelhauer Bikes. The ThinBike is a full-sized, single-speed bike whose handlebars and pedals can be folded flat to save space, making it a great means of transport for small apartment dwellers.
In an interview with Treehugger, Graham Hill spoke about being inspired by small spaces:
The genesis of this project was to create a really thin bike. I noticed that bikes are awkward due to their wide handlebars and pedals. I figured that if you could have a system whereby you could fold the bars and pedals then you’d have a much more storable, luggable bike and therefore could more easily incorporate it into a small apartment lifestyle. I also knew that I wanted a carbon belt drive hence the Schindelhauer choice.
The Oru Kayak is the world’s first origami kayak that is light, portable, and unfolds in minutes. The kayak is a manifestation of the adaptability trend identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living Report, where products accommodate a wider range of needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.
The working concept was created by designer Anton Wills who has been working on the idea for months at TechShop. What initially looks like a large artist portfolio case, can be quickly unfolded and assembled to form a working kayak in around five minutes.
The Oru is made from corrugated plastic, which is lightweight, durable, and flexible. David Lang from MAKE had the opportunity to test the kayak and commented that it felt “fast and comfortable.”
The designer, Anton Wills, spoke to PSFK about updating the traditional kayak.
The kayak is the oldest unchanged boat, its design has existed for several thousand years (even the plastic-molded ones). For me, it was about taking something with a very long, elegant lineage and adapting it to urban conditions, that involves flexibility rather than altering the basic form.
Philips Lighting has developed Hue, a new web-enabled LED lighting system that allows users to remotely control their lighting from a mobile application. The bulbs respond directly to human input, reflecting the trend of adaptability identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report. The Hue starter kit contains three bulbs that are able to fit into any standard socket, and a bridge that connects them through wireless routers. The bulbs can also be purchased individually.
Users will be able to control the Hue by iOS or Android phones, allowing them to customize their home lighting experiences, change the Hue’s color to a myriad of options, and manage daily schedules for maximum efficiency.
Lenovo Horizon Table...
Shift from desktop to easel to gaming with this wooden table designed by UM Project‘s Francois Chambard, which incorporates Lenovo‘s Horizon Table PC. The AT-UM table invites multiple people to collaborate and interact by laying the Horizon flat or using it vertically as an all-in-one PC. The desk’s adaptive qualities are a manifestation of the adaptability trend identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report.
In an interview, Francois Chambard described the multi-functionality of the table-easel to that of a car:
In many ways the AT-UM is not defined by the space around it, but defines that space it inhabits. It can provide a very personal space if used as a traditional PC, or it can provide an amazing interactive and collective experience if used as a flat and interactive tablet for multiple people. In some ways the type of space and experience that the AT-UM provides is not so much different that of a car. Driving very early in the morning to work is all about a focused and personal experience. Driving to vacation with the kids is all about fun and play. Driving back from a baseball game with friends or piling into the car for dinner is all about entertainment and interaction. All of that with the same car!
Smart Body Analyzer...
Withings, an early entrant in the connected health products and apps market with its original Wi-Fi-enabled scale, is expanding its suite of connected products and services with two devices that further provide a big picture view on an individual’s health: the Withings Smart Activity Tracker and the Withings Smart Body Analyzer. The Smart Activity Tracker is a small device carried in the user’s pocket or on their waistband that tracks activity, heart rate and sleep patterns.
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is a Wi-Fi-enabled scale that checks weight, BMI and body fat, as well as indoor air quality. Used in combination, heart rate can be measured by stepping on the scale in the morning and logged at any time during the day using the activity tracker.
Both devices are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-equipped to sync health data with the cloud via the Withings iPhone or Android app.
PLAiR is a handheld, portable device which plugs into a TV, and is able to independently stream content from the internet, without requiring constant connectivity from another computer.
Connectable to any TV with a HDMI port, the device is a Wi-Fi-enabled HDMI dongle that can connect any smartphone to any television through an iOS or Android app.
Users can view photos and videos stored on their phone, or in the cloud, including YouTube, CollegeHumor clips, CNN, and Vimeo. Its portable design allows users to take it with them wherever they go, immediately plug it to a display and stream content through their phone.
Everything But The...
If the idea of working with a flat pack and detailed instruction manual intimidates you, then try the ‘Everything But The Manual‘ furniture kit by Dutch designer, David Graas. The modular system comes as a cube comprised of 177 identical oak building blocks that can be screwed together to make absolutely anything-challenging you to create and build your own designs, without the use of a manual.
The three suggestions from David Graas include a the dressing table, lamp and cuckoo clock shown can be used to inspire countless DIY pieces. With this kit the only limitation isyour imagination because without how-to instructions, the design is in your hands.
Fusillo Wall Shelf
Fusillo is a modular wall shelf that can be reconfigured on-demand to meet a variety of use cases and needs ranging from a standard bookshelf to a coat rack or bike rack. This example of reconfigurable furniture reflects the trend of adaptability identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report.
Handmade in Italy and designed by andViceVersa, Fusillo resembles a standard shelving unit, but is comprised of smaller sections that pivot on a central axis and can be moved up and down to be used as bookends or hooks. Each flexible section of the shelf has a notch carved into it that can hold a coat, hat or even a bike.
The WiFi-enabled Nest Thermostat learns your schedule and behavior in order to provide the optimal heating and cooling for your home. This example of responsive design is a manifestation of adaptive systems, a trend identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report, where ustomizable solutions for the home that can change to accommodate a wider range of situations and needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.
Controllable from your smart phone, Nest utilizes a built-in light sensor to detect direct sunlight and will modify the thermostat’s behavior accordingly to save both money and energy. The ‘Sunblock’ feature saves energy by preventing the home’s cooling or heating system from switching on when direct sunlight heats the surroundings, creating an inaccurate indication of temperature.
In addition to the direct sunlight fix, Nest is rolling out a ‘Cool to Dry’ feature that turns on the home’s air conditioning system when the humidity sensor within the thermostat detects high humidity levels.