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Can Robotic Furniture Save Cities from Housing Crisis?
The robotic furniture will significantly enhance the living conditions in crowded neighborhoods of metropolitan cities.
FREMONT, CA: The burgeoning population in New York City recently spurred the Mayor’s Office to endorse the development of affordable micro-studio apartments of 400 square feet to tackle the housing crisis in the city. Consequently, developers are adopting innovative design and construction techniques to promote modular and versatile housing options. However, NY is not the only city that has been crippled by urban space density. It is rapidly turning into a world health concern. The United Nations says that more than half of the world population resides in the cities, and by the year 2050, the numbers will have risen to three-quarters of the world population.
The escalating crisis spurred the UN to draft the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which stresses the need for overcrowded cities to launch effective mechanisms to resolve their housing problems. The Agenda also addresses the migration of young people around the world to metropolitan cities to develop their skills, search for jobs, and find new opportunities to bolster their futures.
To alleviate the crisis, leading furniture retailers are collaborating with hardware and tech companies to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions such as morphing furniture designed for micro-homes. The products include an expandable wardrobe designed to transform into a bookcase, and walk-in closets that can morph into home offices at the touch of a button.
The robotic furniture will greatly enhance the living conditions in crowded neighborhoods of metropolitan cities. The residents will be able to transform their furniture according to their requirements at the time of use. By using a single furniture unit serving multiple functions, the users can reduce furniture space in their cramped living areas.
The robotic systems leverage sensors to perceive the living space and transform seamlessly from one furniture unit to the other based on the requirement. The new offerings in the market are designed to enable people to live large in small footprints. The furniture companies and hardware providers are leveraging innovation and creativity to battle the populations’ problems caused by large-scale urbanization.