Robotic Furniture From MIT Is Making Its Way To Small Homes

Robotic Furniture From MIT Is Making Its Way To Small Homes
Design

The $10,000 setup is designed for compact spaces and includes robotic furnishings that change based on the owner's immediate needs

Zack Palm
  • 16 june 2017

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.

Ori

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.

+Compact Living
+Design
+Furniture
+home
+MIT
+technology
+USA

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