Touch-activated wood turns into smart home display

Wood gets smart with an interactive surface.

November 24, 2017

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Wood gets smart with an interactive surface.

Image Source: Mui YouTube video, Kaz Oki

Smart home displays come in different types, ranging from compact tabletop units to wall-mount tablet PC-like screens. Now they can be available in a new form, such as this ”connected” wood by Japan-based Nissha.

The prototype smart piece of sycamore wood, Mui, attaches to a wall and is operated by touch. Once the user activates it, interactive smart home icons appear on the surface. The controls cover home lighting, temperature and web connection via Yahoo Japan’s myThings. Mui retrieves different information from the internet and also shows messages. Voice control for the touch-activated wood is reportedly in the works.

A piece of wood mounted on a wall might not blend with all interior design tastes, but the technology seems promising for wooden homes once more variations in style and form are available, for instance, embedded in a whole wooden wall or on multiple planks that can sync together for a bigger interactive smart home display. In addition, Mui is offered in mirror glass, red fabric and marble versions too, it might cater to more homeowners with additional options for the shape and finishes.

The maker is reportedly going to start a crowdfunding campaign for the product by June next year. If it grows popular like smart home wall tiles and floor panels that have been a trend recently, smart wood could be another big trend in building the smart homes of the future.

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