Robotic Furniture From MIT Is Making Its Way To Small Homes
The $10,000 setup is designed for compact spaces and includes robotic furnishings that change based on the owner's immediate needs
In 2014, MIT engineers created CityHome, a piece of robotic furniture that at first looks like a large storage cabinet, but can transform based on the owner’s needs. Now called Ori, this design was intended to operate as an all-in-one room for compact spaces. If the owner needs to work at a desk, Ori pushes the front section forward and makes room for a chair. When the owner wants to lie down for the night, the entire section slides out in the back and brings out a bed.
This highly adaptable setup is now available to preorder for $10,000. Prototypes were tested by Airbnb renters to see how well the robotic cabinet responded to hand gestures, but the final product uses vocal commands, a control panel and an app.
Only large-scale development companies in select states in the U.S. have access to the Ori preorders. Interested individuals will have to look for apartments in buildings that decide to install it.