Ori — The Future of Robotic Furniture

Krupal Patel
3 min readDec 15, 2020
Photo by Jorge Vasconez on Unsplash

I don’t know about you but I have always wanted to live in a cute, small apartment in a busy city; my own small living space. See, but the problem with that is that those cute, small apartments are VERY small. And most often than not, they’re also unreasonably expensive for such a small living space.

Luckily Ori, a robotics interior furniture company, is already working on solving this problem. That’s right, you heard me : a ROBOTICS 🤖furniture company. Ori uses robotics to make compact, mobile furniture to help optimize the space you have, especially in those adorably small apartments.

So should we check out Ori now? Lets.

Ori 101

So far, Ori has 5 different products up for sale:

Image from Springwise

To move around the furniture, you use:

  • Ori Square: a small pad attached to the unit that manipulate the units with simple touch-commands
  • Ori app: the app has a similar use to the Ori Square, but it’s just on your phone
  • Google Home/Amazon Alexa: connect your home devices and you can move the furniture with your voice

I cannot be the only one who thinks this is out of some science fiction novel… it’s so crazy! 🤯

All the units can be easily assembled and only need to be plugged in a nearby outlet.

And if you’re concerned about being crushed in-between the units, don’t worry because Ori already thought of that. ✔

Through obstacle protection, all the units stop moving when you apply about 2-fingers worth of force on them. That’s pretty easy, right?

On top of this, if you’re asking “what happens when the power goes out…?” Again, Ori’s got you. All the units will automatically go into manual-mode when disconnected from electricity so you can still access your things and furniture by manually pushing the units.

So far, Ori’s done a lot and they seemed to have everything figured out, so what are they planning to do in the future? 🤔Let’s cover that next.

Image from Artone

Ori’s Future

Ori realizes that the main concerns for urban living spaces is that square footage is expensive but more and more people are moving to urban cities.

Ori plans to integrate their technology in more apartment buildings and maybe even work spaces. They want to optimize the space people can have with their living spaces.

Through this, we can get one step closer to modern cities. 🧠


  • Living spaces (ie. apartments) in urban settings are expensive but also very small
  • Ori, a robotics interior furniture company, is using robotics (duh) to manufacture automated mobile furniture to optimize the space available in small urban dwellings 🏙
  • Ori already has 5 units available for purchase which can be used through the Ori Square, the Ori app, or home devices such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa
  • To ensure safety, Ori has obstacle-protection installed in all units and units can be moved manually in case of a power outage
Photo by Leif Christoph Gottwald on Unsplash

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Krupal Patel

A girl trying to figure out better ways to explore the universe.