Lift-Bit is a modular, digitally reconfigurable furni- ture system that allows a sofa to seamlessly turn into a chair, a chaise longue, a bed, a complete lounge and a myriad of other configurations. The system is composed of a series of individual, uphol- stered stools. Each element is motorized using a linear actuator, enabling it to be raised or lowered. It can double (or halve) in height in just a few seconds. Lift-Bit can be controlled in person, via a simple ges- ture (just by hovering your hand over the seat), or from a distance by a mobile app. The app includes both a series of predetermined three-dimensional shapes and a tool to create dynamic new combi- nations. Paying homage to radical British architect Cedric Price’s 1970s Generator Project, the Lift-Bit system can even become “bored”: if it is not used for a long time it will start shape-shifting on its own to engage users.
Exhibition: Lift-Bit is a project by Carlo Ratti Associati, developed with the support of Vitra; Engineering and interaction design: Opendot; Originally realized in spring 2016 for the ROOMS: Novel Living Concepts exhibition organized by Salone del Mobile.Milano as part of the XXI Triennale; Carlo Ratti Associati team: Carlo Ratti, Giovanni de Niederhausern, Andrea Cassi (project leader), Ina Sefgjini, Damiano Gui, Antonio Atripaldi, Emanuele Protti, Gary Di Silvio, Daniele Belleri; OpenDot team: Alessandro Masserdotti, Fabrizio Pignoloni, Vittorio Cuculo.