In large towns, the challenge of optimisation of living space through the use of furniture is attracting many architects. Meet the robot that does this: researchers and architects in America have recently produced intelligent furniture capable of moving itself in restricted surroundings so as to optimise the use of space.
Tomorrow’s world will include connected items: from lighting to the vegetable plot and including…your furniture. The architect Yves Beha, in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, has developed ORI, an imposing robotic wardrobe which can move independently within the apartment, a mix of technology, high tech and interior design. This origami of wires and wood can move front and back and sideways, all of which can be controlled via either a smartphone App or a button on the side of the unit. Thus a studio can be transformed into a 2 room apartment with an office. Still in its development phase, the system is soon to be unveiled in Boston, Washington and Seattle.