From MIT’s Media Lab’s Tangible Media research group comes Ambient Furniture. According to the group’s web site,
Furniture is the infrastructure for human activity. Every day we open cabinets and drawers, pull up to desks, recline in recliners, and fall into bed. How can technology augment these everyday rituals in elegant and useful ways?
Watch the video below and read this article by Scott Krisner.
A lot of these seem a bit clunky, but with just a little bit of imagination, you can see how this makes a lot of sense.
The part of the video that I love is the beginning with the “alert sounds” that are so annoying and do invite us to tune out our environment.