MIT Media Lab researchers Kent Larson, Hasier Larrea, Daniel Goodman, Oier Ariño and Phillip Ewing created the RoboWall for a project called Changing Places, which focuses on finding ways to make living and work spaces more responsive (hence the gesture-powered apartment) and more environmentally sustainable. The CityHome is designed to integrate with apps to control everything from your lighting to your window shades.
No word on what happens when the power goes out or if, with the flick of a wrist, someone — like a prankster friend or an enterprising cat — can trap you in your own bed while you’re sleeping by telling the bed to recede into the RoboWall.
For now, it’s a prototype. Surely that will get worked out before it goes to market, right?