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What is Robotic Furniture?

Friday, June 7, 2019

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“Robotic Furniture” refers to shape shifting furniture on a movable track system.

Robotic furniture is designed to help people make more efficient use of tiny living spaces.

  • This new furniture category takes advantage of space in the room that normally cannot be used by conventional furnishings.
  • This can include ceilings, walls, and other spaces that are usually inaccessible.

Ori is a company that has pioneered Robotic furniture.

Click here to see examples of Ori's robotic furniture.

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The Ori bed shown in this photo slides up to disappear into the frame section attached to the ceiling.

Robotic furniture is extremely expensive. Ori is working with IKEA to bring the price down.

Currently the cost of robotic furniture for a small apartment can easily exceed $20,000.

IKEA is currently working with Ori to develop robotic furniture at a more affordable price.

A test program with IKEA will begin in 2020 in Hong Kong and Japan.

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