FutureHAUS project manager Bobby Vance demonstrates the audiovisual wall, which spins 180-degrees to serve the home office and living room.

Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS reinvents the bedroom and home office

January 11, 2017

Visit Booth S5880 for a preview of the smart, sustainable future of housing.

High-tech gadgetry, modular “cartridge” construction, transformable rooms, and sleek design converge in FutureHAUS, Virginia Tech’s groundbreaking concept home of the future.

Debuting at KBIS Booth S5880, January 10-12 in Orlando, the FutureHAUS bedroom and home office showcase how digital technologies, cutting-edge products, and smart building design will make our homes more responsive to our future needs and way of living.

Like Virginia Tech’s acclaimed FutureHAUS kitchen, bath, and living room, the fourth and final phase demonstrates how advanced technologies can be integrated in our bedrooms and home offices using a revolutionary and refined modular style of building:

  • Flex space: Adapt rooms for different space needs and functions by simply moving walls or furnishings.
  • Smart closet and wardrobe: Select clothing items on a smart mirror touchscreen to be delivered on demand.
  • Smart window wall: Enjoy high-performance environmental design and technology with an exterior wall that makes intuitive adjustments for shading, privacy, and insulation.
  • Bedroom: Voice- and gesture-activated bed, room controls, and a canopy multimedia screen make the bedroom a sanctuary for sleep or entertainment.
  • Laundry room: Conveniently tucks away to minimize noise and clutter.
  • Mixed-reality home office: A telecommuter’s dream, blending virtual reality with the real world.
  • Audiovisual wall: Spins 180-degrees to serve as a computer screen, videoconferencing monitor, television, speaker, dry-erase board, or decorative art wall.
  • Cartridge construction: Pre-wired, pre-finished “plug-and-play” cartridges (such as kitchens, bathrooms, and audiovisual walls) allow for quick and easy integration of advanced technologies and home systems at the construction site.

FutureHAUS is a not-to-be-missed preview of the smart, sustainable future of housing that combines the best of academia, research, and the industry. The Bedroom and Home Office of the Future features innovative products and expertise from more than 25 industry partners, including lead sponsor California Closets, DuPont, Häfele, and Plain & Fancy Cabinetry.

Visit the Virginia Tech student-faculty research team, led by Professor Joseph Wheeler in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, at Booth S5880 for a VIP tour. Or schedule an interview by contacting Marya Barlow at mbarlow@vt.edu or 805-760-8646.

Follow us on Twitter at @VTCAUS or Facebook at @VTCAUSe or visit www.futurehaus.tech for more information.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Marya Barlow
805-760-8646 (mobile)
mbarlow@vt.edu
Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies