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Lift-Bit by Carlo Ratti Associati: The world's first IoT sofa

by Sophie Cullen on Apr 13, 2016 in Products
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International design firm Carlo Ratti Associati, with the support of Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, has developed Lift-Bit, the world's first Internet-of-Things (IoT) sofa

Lift-Bit is a modular, digitally-reconfigurable furniture system that allows a sofa to turn into a chair, a chaise longue, a bed, and a lounge room, and myriad of other configurations. The system is composed of a series of individual, upholstered stools, each of which is motorised using a linear actuator, enabling it to be raised or lowered.

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The system can be controlled in person, via a simple gesture (just hovering your hand in the air over the seat), or from a distance, through the use of a mobile app. The app includes both a series of predetermined three-dimensional shapes and a tool allowing users to create new combinations. The product will be launch at Salon del Mobile, Milan this month.

"Lift-Bit draws on the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to transform our interior landscape, giving form to an endlessly reconfigurable environment. In the future, we could imagine an architecture that adapts to human need, rather than the other way around – a living, tailored space that is molded to its inhabitants' needs, characters, and desires," says Professor Carlo Ratti, founder of Carlo Ratti Associati studio.

 

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