'Smart Furniture' unveiled by SK Telecom, Hyundai
Internet of Things furniture is said to be available by 2015
Smart home furniture powered by Internet of Things technology is the product of a ten-month old partnership between South Korea's largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom, and South Korean furniture maker, Hyundai Livart, CNet has reported.
Combining smart home technology with network-connected household goods, the "Smart Furniture," will provide Internet-based features for furniture, such as dressing tables and cabinet doors with built-in touchscreens.
"Our Smart Furniture will be among the first of our IoT services slated for launch in the coming years," said a spokesperson for SK Telecom
Hyundai Livart has designed furniture with network connectivity and touch screens, while SK Telecom has developed a new service platform for Smart Furniture. Users can use the furniture pieces to browse the Internet, listen to the radio, and search for news or recipes, food prices and the weather, among other applications.
According to CNet, citing SK Telecom, users can make and receive calls from their furniture; link to door bells to monitor visitors, open doors and control room temperature from the screens; and Smartphone mirroring will also be enabled.
Smart Furniture will be supplied to major South Korean construction companies in December and offered to consumers. Hyundai said it will add 10 more products that support Smart Furniture by February 2015.
The service is set to contribute $46m in revenue to Hyundai by 2017.