AI-Controlled Robotic Ceiling Furniture Creates Extra Space For Tiny Homes
AI-Controlled Robotic Ceiling Furniture Creates Extra Space For Tiny Homes. Tech startup Bumblebee Spaces is freeing up floor space in small apartments with robotic furniture that drops from the ceiling and is controlled by an AI “butler”. Bumblebee Spaces has designed a range of modular furniture and storage that can descend from and retract into the ceiling to change a room’s function, or create more floor space. An artificial intelligence system scans each possession as it is placed in a storage unit, tracking each item’s location and anticipating the user’s needs. Things can be retrieved without searching for it. There’s zero cognitive load, in fact, that becomes an assistant.
It knows where you’ve stored all your stuff and if you’re on the way out your car keys, your shoes, whatever you need comes down. If it’s going to be raining your umbrella comes down. With modular furniture units installed in the ceiling, a single room becomes a multifunctional area that can become a bedroom, living room, study or wardrobe. A double bed and a bedside table can descend at night and retract during the day, and clothes can be stored in the ceiling to provide the space and ease of a walk-in wardrobe without taking up any floor space. Storage units are designed ergonomically, taking into account how far people can reach inside, and the height can be individually adjusted to suit different needs and abilities. In case of a power outage the electronics, which are run on a DC power supply, will have enough energy to run a couple of cycles.
The modules can be retrofitted into most homes, and require between 30 and 35 centimeters of ceiling height. A full ceiling install with a bed, wardrobe and storage costs around £5,000, which Murthy claims is more cost effective than simply renting more square meters of space. The product makers are working with a lot of landlords who furnish their apartments to match or beat the cost of traditional furniture. It is proving to be the cheaper alternative of adding multiple rooms.”Bumblebee Spaces has created a software library of their modules for architects, so they can fit them into reflected ceiling plans for future buildings.
The tech startup also has plans to bring out a range of specially designed accessories to compliment the existing units. For possessions that users find they use rarely, Murthy suggests, they will create a virtual marketplaces for users to borrow, lend or sell items. Using robots to find extra space in small apartments is something MIT Media Lab explored when they partnered with designer Yves Béhar to create a modular system that could fold out different pieces of furniture from a vertical unit.
Information Source: Dezeen.
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