Convergence: First our iPhone, now our furniture!

Convergence: First our phones, now our furniture?

A phone. An internet communicator. A widescreen iPod. That's how Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, and since then one little device has gone on to replace so many single-purpose, single-tasking gadgets I'm starting to lose count. The iPhone is basically my mobile office in the palm of my hand. Apple didn't invent the concept of convergence, of course, but the smartphone category in general has really blazed the trail towards a multitasking future that few other things have followed.

Our cars still can't submerge or fly, and our kitchens involve moving from station to station, machine to machine, like an old-fashioned assembly line -- where are our replicators?

But it looks like furniture is slowly, almost stealthily creeping up on the future as well. Not as quickly as our iPhones and iPads mind you, and perhaps not as quickly as we'd like, but it's getting there.

A desk. A bed. A closet. That's what you'll see in the video below, and some pretty amazing tables and chairs and futuristic furniture in general. Of course, these are all manual transformers, nothing fancy like a Hasbro cartoon or Michael Bay movie, but check them out and let us know -- in another 5 to 10 years, is that the kind of stuff you envision yourself working, sleeping, and sitting on as you cyber-boot your iCommunicator or iHoloImplant? Maybe from orbit?

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Convergence: First our iPhone, now our furniture!


I can remember when I thought my reversible P.E. shirt was the shiznit. Now I hate carrying everything! Looking forward to Google Wallet adoption so I can ditch those two bulky credit cards..

There's a Google Wallet sign near the cash register of the Peet's Coffee shops we go to. Never seen anybody use Google Wallet there. Or anywhere else.

Agreed. I've started seeing them pop up. Most recently at Office Max.
I stopped writing checks over a year ago. Probably gonna take a little longer to ditch the bank cards!
Besides, I'll need to make way for my Corbin Dallas Multi-Pass anyway. ;)

We're reminded of the Bruce Willis character's cube-apartment in "The Fifth Element." (Of course, Resource Furniture's pieces are much nicer...)

Convergence was always going to happen in the mobile space; it was only a question of how fast and who got the market share. It doesn't change in other spaces so quickly because there isn't the competitive pressure to replace and adapt. Furniture in any reasonably-sized living space will usually last for decades. And, of course, a chair doesn't change much. It would/will be different if more people end up living in tiny spaces because they are poor, time and energy are at a premium, and so on. Then they would be quicker to try new things, particularly if the cost of getting rid of the old stuff is low.

Best thing if you had this worry would be to either not purchase this furniture or, keep the "fragile" items in a safe place!?!?!?
Dont need it or have a worry, don't buy it! Problem solved