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Lift-Bit: Modular Furniture System Transforms Chair to Sofa

In fact, the Lift-Bit is the “world’s first Internet-of-Things sofa.” First revealed at this year’s Milan Design Week; the sofa was produced by international design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati with help from Vitra. The Lift-Bit is a modular furniture system that converts from sofa to chair, to bed, to chaise lounge… to whatever else your imagination comes up with. It consists of a cluster of bright green, upholstered stools which are motorized using a linear actuator. This means that the cushions on the seat can be lifted or lowered. Moreover, it can be controlled through gestures, or of course, a mobile app. The Lift-Bit system is also good at keeping itself entertained. When “bored”, it will start shapeshifting into different configurations to keep users on their toes.

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