A desk that descends from the ceiling with the push of a button. Side tables with built-in air purifiers. Mattresses that are capable of tracking sleep patterns and allow users to customize firmness levels.
These are just a few examples of smart furniture, with built-in technology not found in the average table, desk, bed or chair. Equipped with sensors and intelligent systems, smart furniture can be controlled and adjusted according to personal preferences.
The smart furniture industry is a relatively new one, said Marc Saltzman, a freelance technology journalist and author. While he predicts the industry will continue to grow, Saltzman said he is unsure yet whether smart furniture sales are part of a larger consumer trend.
“I don’t know if smart furniture is going to play a significant role [in the market] until we see what it truly offers,” Saltzman told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview on June