As the age of the gadget marches on it seems no stone has been left unturned in the search of a new object to customise with cutting-edge technology. It used to be enough for a sofa to provide seating and nothing else, apart from maybe a movable armrest or a beverage holder for the modern household, but now hi-tech furniture is moving in and it could soon become a regular part of every home.
The USB Sofa is exactly what it sounds like – with its USB connectivity it’s essentially a 14GB data storage facility that is also rather comfortable to sit on. The disks are removable and are perfect for sharing and transferring data from laptop to sofa and back.
Mobile phones have already undergone an incredible evolution over the last twenty years, and they are now essentially handheld computers. But not content with small smartphone screens, the creators of the Digital Workdesk have found a way to transfer it to a 58-inch tabletop, complete with touchscreen capabilities. Simply connect your iPhone via the dock connector and you will have a giant phone at your disposal – perfect for business meetings, brainstorms and epic games of Angry Birds.
Morpheo Sofa With Lights
The Morpheo Sofa is a curious creation but a strangely attractive one. While the sofa itself flaunts a quirky, modern design reminiscent of an extra-terrestrial creature, its most defining feature are the two lights that extend from either side like antennae. This is probably aimed primarily towards readers, although they may feel as if someone is reading over their shoulder.
The Thermochromic Table is certainly impressive to look at, although it has no real practical use beyond looking nice. Covered in a thermochromic coating, the table reacts to heat (from someone sitting on it or setting a hot cup of coffee down for example), leaving behind an imprint. From a design perspective the visual effect is certainly impressive.
Unlike the Thermochromic Table, Climate-Controlled Furniture may actually have its place in the office of the near-future. Employees who are sick of roasting in their seats during summer or freezing in winter will be much more comfortable sitting in a chair that automatically changes temperature based on the surrounding climate. With heating and air-conditioning capabilities, it could be the morale booster your office needs.
Hi-tech furniture is not just limited to the home or office, it has also found its way onto the streets. The Aster Lounger takes a concrete park bench, covers it with a glass roof, illuminates it with lighting and tops it all off with motion-activated Wi-Fi connectivity and a speaker system.