Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

by , 12/27/14

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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

So what’s inside this magical “home in a box?” The CityHome fits a bed, a workspace, a dining table for six, a kitchen counter, a stovetop, and a multipurpose storage space all within a large closet-sized module. Built atop low-friction rollers, the mechanical box easily slides around your apartment, and its interior spaces can be expanded or shrunk as needed. Using ‘Minority Report’-like technology, this futuristic invention responds to gestures, touch, and voice commands.

Related: Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

Although CityHome is still a prototype, lead researcher Kent Larson has told Co.Design that the team intends to bring the product to market, either through crowdfunding or a commercial sponsor. “This would work well in the 30 to 40 Innovation Cities where young people are priced out of the market,” Larson explains. “At $1,000 per square foot in Boston, the extra cost of technology is trivial compared to space saved for a furnished apartment.”

+ MIT Media Lab

Via Co.Design

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  1. Jhonattan Arango October 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Awesome work, guys!

  2. stallman June 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    And if it breaks there’s a nice spacious floor for you to sleep on 😀

  3. davyj June 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    It seems to me that it would be faster, cheaper, healthier, and more environmentally friendly just to simply move everything by hand. You also won’t have to worry about some prankster moving something while you are using it.

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