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IKEA Wants to Sell You Robotic Furniture for Your Tiny Apartment

June 4th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
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Furniture, Assemble!

Swedish furniture maker IKEA is partnering with American startup Ori to create a line of robotic furniture to allow people to “create their dream homes in small spaces.”

The ROGNAN lineup optimizes a limited number of square feet by turning the space into a modular and adaptable living area. A video render shows off a couch-wardrobe-combination that can hide a bed underneath itself to save space.

Saving Space

The system can also roll back and forth thanks to a button-operated set of wheels tucked underneath. The wardrobe portion can fit a ton of your stuff without wasting a single square foot of space.

All told, the new “Transformers”-style all-in-one can tuck away a bed, a sofa, a load of storage, and even a desk in a space of roughly 115 square feet (10 square meters), according to Engadget — meaning even the tiniest bachelor pad could fit one of those.

Robo-Furniture

The ROGNAN robotic furniture lineup will go on sale at IKEA stores next year. IKEA will be putting out more information and details later this summer.

The furniture maker has been in the news quite a bit recently for announcing new and innovative products that push the boundaries of what we think of as furniture — or, at least, figuring our ways to make efficient use of your tiny, dystopian apartment.

READ MORE: IKEA is working on robotic furniture for small apartments [Engadget]

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