Ask any apartment dweller in a crowded city and they'll likely tell you space is among their biggest issues. Those living in even smaller studios know the battle all too well — some even shelling out monthly cash for storage units as a result just to make more room to live.
Boston-based start-up Ori is out to solve those problems with a system that combines robotics and apartment-friendly modular furniture to transform small spaces in seconds. Think of it as a kind of retractable Murphy bed on steroids.
The company's namesake Ori system is named for the Japanese word "origami," the art of folding paper, and literally does just that. The technology uses modular furniture and software that makes your furniture reconfigurable, transforming small spaces from living rooms into bedrooms and even workspaces with the push of a button. The system is designed for spaces between 300 and 500 square feet.
"We wanted to make spaces in homes, offices and hotels much more functional and efficient but also more intelligent by bringing robotics into play," said founder and CEO Hasier Larrea. "When you have so many people moving into the same place, you need to start being more efficient about how you use the spaces."