We on HomeKlondike already know much about the notion of the Internet of Things:
The new digitally controlled furniture is dubbed “Lift-bit”. And it would be actually wrong to say that this is a sofa. A Lift-bit is a hexagonal upholstered seat, a module, which can serve as a single stool or be mixed with any number of other modules to form any piece of seating furniture from an arm-chair and sofa to a chaise lounge or a giant geometric public seat. Thereby you don’t have to make any physical effort – an app on your digital device (a smartphone or tablet) will create the piece of furniture you need, collecting the hexagons like a giant meccano. Each stool has a built-in motor that can lift it up and lower its height within several seconds, and thus you can either get a comfy backrest or an ideally flat surface, in a word, anything according to your needs and wishes.
If you don’t feel like searching for your smartphone and need to adjust the Lift-bit’s height right now, you may also do it manually. Every hexagonal module has a motion sensor inside – it recognizes gestures and when you hover your hand above the seat, you can raise or lower it with the same movement.
You may check out how entertaining the smart sofa is in this video:
The Lift-bit was designed by Carlo Ratti, who is already famous for his bold and innovative approach to design, with the support of the Swiss furniture brand Vitra. It was announced as just a prototype at Milan Design Week last year, and in April 2017 it was already officially put to production with new sleek birch wood legs. It’s now available for pre-order, and each module will cost about $ 459.