Robotic furniture reconfigures itself for tiny apartments 

Greg Nichols on ZDnet:

Ori has developed a line of robotic, reconfigurable furniture that moves around a small space, creating new partitions and spitting out hidden features like cabinets, a bed, or a desk on-demand….

Ori’s two models, one with a queen bed and one with a full, plug into a wall outlet and are controlled by voice via Alexa or Google Home or through an app. The units cost about $10,000 each and are on display in model apartments in major cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Ori expects to deliver its first intelligent furniture systems this year, with an initial production run of 1200.

If you can afford to spend $10,000 on a few pieces of furniture for a tiny apartment, can’t you afford a bigger apartment? Even in New York or San Francisco?

Still: Very cool, and likely to be practical when the pricing comes down by 10x, which I expect it will in ten years.

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