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A Transformable Sofa for the Internet Age

Welcome to the age of connectivity, where even your furniture is connected to the internet.

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Lift-Bit is the “world’s first Internet-of-Things (IoT) sofa”. A full-sized prototype was revealed on April 12, 2016 at this year’s Milan Design Week. Lift-Bit was created by Carlo Ratti Associati, an international design and innovation firm, together with Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra.

Lift-Bit is truly modular and customisable limited only by your imagination. It is made up of a series of upholstered stools that are motorised using a linear actuator that can be raised or lowered in seconds, by means of hand gestures or a mobile app.

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Using as many or as few modules as you like, the possibilities of configurations are endless; you can have a lounge chair in the morning and a bed by night.

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But that’s not all as Lift-Bit has a mind of its own. When not in use for a long period of a time it will start to shape-shift to different configurations, just to keep things interesting. This is its way of saying that it’s ‘bored’ and that it needs some lovin’. 

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This idea paves a way for an endlessly reconfigurable environment in a future where architecture adapts to human needs, instead of the other way round, says Professor Carlo Ratti, founder of Carlo Ratti Associati studio and Director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Lift-Bit is a project by Carlo Ratti Associati (www.lift-bit.com), developed with the support of Vitra for the “ROOMS. Novel living concepts” exhibition organized by Salone del Mobile.Milano within the framework of the XXI Triennale. Engineering and interaction design by Opendot. 

What do you think of Lift-Bit? If you were given an unlimited amount of Lift-Bit units, what would you do with them? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to share and follow us on social media to stay updated with the latest stories.

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