Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ikea Gives Us Furniture as Robots

Ikea Robotics - Animals from adam lassy on Vimeo.


I saw this at Fast Company and my first thought was, "Just what I need. Furniture that runs from me." My daughter kept asking, "But why?"
For his project, called Ikea robotics, Lassy transformed a Lack table and chair into mobile, wireless robots with "animal behaviors," which automatically reconfigure through a calculated response to the people in the room--depending on the furniture's mood. Yes, its mood. Interior decorators are so yesterday!

The robotic furniture's animal behaviors include timidness, neediness, over-excitedness, and anger. Using attached proximity sensors, buttons, and an over-head camera that tracks people's movements in the room, Lassy was able to make the furniture move based on pre-programmed "moods."
Ahh, but it's not for real, is it? Read more.

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