Many millennial living in urban areas, view space as a luxury, with a majority of them residing in single-bedroom apartments. The case is worse for the major cities the likes of New York, London, and Hong Kong among other. Luckily, designers and architecture have noted this predicament and are coming up with different solutions. Initially, we covered a groundbreaking interior design in Hong Kong that made it possible for the occupant to have a full American kitchen, a large bathtub, a home cinema, a gym and cat-friendly spaces within a 309 square foot apartment. Now we are feature robotic furniture that morphs into a living room, bedroom and office by just the press of a button.
Fuseproject in collaboration with MIT Media Lab are the designers or the robotic furniture that is dubbed Ori. The modular system transforms a room into what the user desires at that time. The working of the system is plenty simple. Picture a large cabinet that sits on one side of the room. A bed extends from the bottom while the closet space for clothes is at the chest-level. When you press a button, the bed slides underneath and whole bureau shifts across the room, revealing the other side, which is an entertainment center and couch. A similar transformation can reveal a desk or even floor-to-ceiling closets.
The idea of robotic furniture was inspired by Japanese origami – the Japanese art of paper folding. MIT Media Lab has been working of micro apartments in cities the likes of New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle. Four students in the Changing Places research group within the organization developed CityHome – an apartment within the footprint of a twin bed.
The only problem with micro homes and even Ori is that it could contribute to problematic patterns of gentrification in cities, resulting in high living cost even in small apartments and even pushing out current resident. Developers at Ori have responded to this by noting that as square footage is by far the biggest cost, much than technology, then it is possible to get the functionality of a much larger apartment for a fraction of the cost.
This video will give you a better insight on how the robotic furniture works.
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