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AI-controlled robotic ceiling furniture creates extra space for tiny homes

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Tech startup Bumblebee Spaces is freeing up floorspace in smallish flats with robotic furniture which falls from the ceiling and can be controlled by means of an AI“butler”.

Bumblebee Spaces has designed a selection of modular furniture along with storage which could descend from and retract into the ceiling to alter a room’s function, or create more floorspace.

Bumblebee Spaces

Every ownership is scanned by an artificial intelligence program since it’s placed in a storage unit, expecting the user’s needs and monitoring the place of each item.

“You can retrieve your things without searching for it. There’s zero cognitive load, in fact it becomes an assistant, a butler for the resident,” Bumblebee Spaces co-founder Sankarshan Murthy informed Dezeen.

“It knows where you’ve stored all your stuff and if you’re on the way out your car keys, your shoes, whatever you need comes down. If it’s going to be raining your umbrella comes down.”

Bumblebee Spaces

Murthy, an engineer who’s worked in Apple and Tesla, developed the idea in reaction to the high rents the smallest flats in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

“When I moved here I was overwhelmed by how much we were paying for so little space,” said Murthy.

“I come from a product background so I understood a lot about how we could densely pack objects really well. In the iPhone or Apple Watch we do such a good job of finding every micrometer of space to package all the features in so the user only sees the screen.”

Bumblebee Spaces

Murthy applied this logic to furniture using Bumblebee Spaces. With modular furniture units a single space becomes.

A double bed and a table can descend through the day through the retract and night, and clothes can be kept to provide the space without taking any floorspace up and ease.

Bumblebee Spaces

Storage units are designed , taking into account how far people may reach within, and the elevation can be independently adjusted to suit unique needs and abilities. In the event of a power outage that the electronic equipment, which can be run on a DC power supply, will have enough energy.

The modules could be retrofitted into most houses, and require between 30 and 35 centimetres of ceiling height. A complete ceiling install with a mattress, wardrobe and storage prices around £5,000, that Murthy claims is more cost effective than renting more square metres of space.

“We are working with a lot of landlords who furnish their apartments and we then match or beat the cost of traditional furniture,” he explained. “It’s significantly cheaper than the alternative of adding multiple rooms.”

Bumblebee Spaces

Bumblebee Spaces has produced a program library of their modules so that they can fit them into mirrored ceiling plans to buildings.

The tech startup also has plans to bring a range of specially designed accessories to compliment the present units. For possessions which users find that they use infrequently, Murthy suggests, they will create a virtual marketplaces for users sell, lend or to borrow items.

Using robots to locate additional space in small flats is some thing MIT Media Lab explored when they surfaced with designer Yves Béhar to create a modular system which could fold out different parts of furniture from a perpendicular unit.

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