With more than 54% of the world's population now living in cities according to the U.N., many newly urbanized denizens are learning how to make do with less - especially when it comes to smaller living and working spaces. But there are still important barriers keeping us from living smaller, and we must get past them. Hasier argues that the use of robotics holds the key for making living spaces act like if they were twice or three times bigger. Downsizing in square footage does not have to mean downsizing functionality or experience anymore.
Hasier Larrea is an engineer, designer and CEO of ORI. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Hasier led the Architectural Robotics research area at the MIT Media Lab, which focuses on creating a new generation of hyper efficient and responsive urban spaces. His team developed the robotic tools that allow traditional architectural and furniture elements to transform and intelligently connect to the world around us. His work on the CityHome and CityOffice has been featured in The New York Times, Time, Fast Company, Wired, and TechCrunch among others. His team at MorphLab is now taking these ideas to the market.