Amazing shapeshifting unit transforms your home interior at the touch of a button

June 5, 2017 by  
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MIT Media Lab and design genius Yves Béhar are making tiny apartments more livable in a big way. One year after their big unveil, Béhar and MIT’s line of transforming robotic furniture, called Ori, just launched for developer pre-orders. With the touch of a button or even a voice command, the amazing “apartment-in-a-box” quickly transforms any studio space into an apartment with a bedroom, living room, and office. Ori, Inc.’s commercial launch includes the Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems, which combine smart robotics with elegant design to effortlessly transform any small living space into a multifunctional home. The compact module consists of a sliding bed and a closet on one side, and an office and entertainment area on the other. The unit can be activated and moved with a push of a button, through an app, or with voice commands. Powered by a standard outlet, Ori slides in and out on a gliding track to maximize the area for the living and entertaining space or the bedroom. The bed glides in and out beneath the full closet. Surfaces pull or fold out to create workspaces or a bedside table. Ori also includes open shelving, cabinets, hooks, and a built-in area for an entertainment system. Each type of space can be preset with preferred integrated lighting so that a simple push of a button will morph the room. “The Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems will transform the experience of contemporary urban living. Ori Technology animates the furniture, walls and other parts of the living space in ways that maximize space, comfort and living,” said Ori CEO and Founder Hasier Larrea. “However, Ori’s vision is much broader. This first family of systems is just one of many applications of Ori Technology. We will continue to explore more spatial challenges and create new families of Ori systems for a variety of interior settings. ” Related: Yves Béhar launches world’s first smart crib to help parents get more sleep Built of poplar plywood, the multifunctional furniture module is available in light or dark and is flatpack. The Ori systems are currently available in ten cities and have already been installed in a dozen apartment complexes across North America. Pre-orders by developers can expect delivery of these systems later this year. + Ori Systems

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Detox your troubles away in this new public sauna built of natural materials

June 5, 2017 by  
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Helsinkians and visitors take note—a beautiful new public sauna has popped up on a tiny island in the Finnish capital. Architecture firm OOPEAA designed the recently opened Lonna Sauna, a contemporary building constructed solely of natural materials. Built on a former military outpost in front of Helsinki’s city center, the timber sauna is an easily accessible escape that promises tranquility with a view. Commissioned by the Governing Body of Suomenlinna , the Lonna Sauna on Lonna island is one of several initiatives transforming the former sea fortress islands into recreational destinations. Accessible via a short waterbus ride from the city’s harbors, the new 190-square-meter sauna sits on the island’s southeast tip near six heritage-listed buildings that date back to Russian rule of the island in the 19th century. The wood-heated sauna was built as a continuation of Finland’s tradition of public saunas—a dwindling culture seeing recent renewed interest—with a modern twist. The log cabin -like building is constructed of handcrafted wooden logs left untreated and topped with a sculptural pitched roof clad in zinc . Related: Gorgeous year-round bath house in Sweden soaks up the winter sun “The skillful use of larch in the furnishings and the large windows opening a view from the sauna loft into the archipelago create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere,” wrote OOPEAA. “The unique natural features of the Lonna island create a special and authentic atmosphere adding a new aspect to the experience of an urban public sauna. It brings together the calming and peaceful experience of the sauna ritual and the social aspect of the public sauna as a gathering place for people.” The Lonna Sauna is open daily from 2PM to 7PM throughout the summer. + OOPEAA Via Dezeen Images via OOPEAA and Lonna Sauna

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Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

July 22, 2015 by  
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Your thermostat could get a sleek new facelift, thanks to super designer Yves Béhar ’s Fuseproject . The new Hive 2 thermostat, designed for British Gas, adds a sort of minimalist steel mirror to your wall, instead of a bulky, blinking technology blob. Hive 2 fuses timeless design with modern technology, allowing users to control utilities at home or remotely using a smart device. Read the rest of Yves Béhar’s sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

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Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

June 17, 2014 by  
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There’s more to hydration than simply drinking eight cup of water a day. The new Vessyl cup, designed by Yves Behar , keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric content of any liquid poured into it. It can also track your progress by connecting to your smartphone via the Vessyl mobile app. Read the rest of Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fuseproject design , green design , green gadgets , Pryme hydration detector , smart cup design , smart cup smartphone , smartphone app hydration , Vessyl cup , Vessyl cup Yves Behar

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Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

June 17, 2014 by  
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OLPC’s New XO Tablet Computer to Hit Store Shelves This Week

July 17, 2013 by  
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Fuseproject and the One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) just unveiled the new XO tablet, which is set to hit stores across the country this week! The powerful seven-inch Android tablet features an innovative learning interface, and it’s the only multilingual, Google-certified tablet for kids on the market. Read the rest of OLPC’s New XO Tablet Computer to Hit Store Shelves This Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Android tablets , Common Sense Media , Fuseproject Yves Behar , green gadgets , green technology , Kids tablets , olpc , OLPC XO-3 Tablet , One Laptop Per Child , One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) , teblet design , XO Tablet , Yves Behar tablet design        

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Yves Behar Unveils ‘Local Bike’ Utility Cycle With a Cargo Container

September 26, 2011 by  
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Yves Behar and Puma Roll Out The Clever Little Bag

April 14, 2010 by  
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Images by B. Alter Puma invited super-star industrial designer Yves Behar to design a packaging system for its shoes that would be more sustainable.

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