Last summer, MIT’s researchers and Fuseproject’s Yves Behar were unveiling the first origami-like robotic furniture. Now, the futuristic Ori system, that can easily turn a studio into a two-room apartment, is up for pre-order #objectmagic
The system is not modular, as it may first seem – at least, not from the start. In fact, it looks like a big shelf unit until you touch it and bring it to life. See, the Ori system has a control interface with buttons you can push to open the bed or move the cabinet in the middle to create two rooms out of one.
The unit provides a bed, closet and office space without taking up much more room. It can be plugged it easily and activated from a smartphone app, too, or by voice, with the help of Alexa. The app offers remote control, so you can change the placement of the unit on your way home.
Such an appliance is of course, costly, worth around $10,000. Few couples or individuals can afford it, so the robotic furniture is targeted towards large-scale development companies. Those that are established in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, DC, Columbus, Vancouver or Miami can pre-order one starting now. Two sizes are available, “Ori Full” and “Ori Queen”, while delivery is expected later this year.
If that seems very unfair and you’d like the chance to stay in a multipurpose condo with an Ori system, your best shot is to search for one that’s already equipped with it. Otherwise, be patient and wait until the units become cheaper and available to individuals, as well.