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There’s now a sofa you can control from your phone

By MATT BURGESS

In the never ending quest to connect everything to the internet, there’s now a sofa that can be controlled from a smartphone.

The Lift-Bit, developed by international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati, is claimed to be the “world’s first” Internet of Things (IoT) sofa.

The sofa is made up of a number of modular sections that can be moved around to creating different seating positions. The individual stools that make up the sofa are motorised allowing them to be raised and lowered.

“Lift-Bit is currently a prototype. It embeds a linear actuator, which is what allows the seats to move up and down,” Carlo Ratti told WIRED. 

“Each element of the module can be controlled via tablet as well as through a touchless gesture of your hand. A proximity capacity-based sensor detects a hand hovering above at different heights – permitting the change of the height.”

 The stools themselves range from being 480mm tall to 780mm at their tallest.

Lift-Bit’s app includes a number of predetermined shapes and a tool allowing the owner to create new combinations. “We just want people to be creative with it and start acting like designers of their own space,” Ratti said.

When nobody is using or moving the chairs, it will get bored and start to move on its own. Ratti, who also works at MIT, said future interior designers could make furniture that adapts to how humans use space. The design, he continued, could create “a living, tailored space” that is moulded to what people want and need.

The connected stools are due to be presented at the Milan XXI Triennale International Exhibition from April 12 to September 12. As well as the Carlo Ratti Associati, the internet-connected stools were developed in association with Swiss design company Vitra.

After the exhibition the stools will also be going on sale, with those behind it currently working with a manufacturer on mass production. Pre-orders on the organisation’s website come in four different colours – blue, mint, red, and yellow – and are priced at €799 (£645) before shipping or taxes. A king-sized bed, made up of 18 stools, costs €12,000 (£9,680).

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