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Video: CityHome Transforms Your Studio Apartment

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Elizabeth M
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Brilliant idea
Elizabeth M   7/1/2014 7:07:43 AM
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I was really impressed by the video! Having lived in tiny studios and one-bedrooms (that were really studios with an extra cubby hole for a bed) in SF and NYC, I can see how this would really be a great solution for small spaces. Leave it to MIT to come up with something so ingenious. If it could be affordable for people who can only afford these small-space flats (which is why most people live in them in the first place!) then that would be even better. Cool story, Cabe.

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Battar   7/1/2014 9:19:27 AM
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People who live in small apartments often live on small budgets too - any soluion must be cheap and clever. How did we manage up to now? We used cable spools as coffee tables, maximisd space utilization with stackable storage boxes, stacked books on each other instead of on shelves, got rid of our junk, or moved to Portugal where real estate is cheaper.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/2/2014 4:31:38 AM
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Ha, yes, Battar, you pretty much describe my life living in SF and NYC (until I moved to Portugal and actually just bought a house with a lot more space than I could ever afford in the U.S., unless I lived in a very undesirable place). And you back up my point about this stuff having to be economical for the people in the small spaces. I still think it's a super-cool design.

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bobjengr   7/2/2014 5:35:10 PM
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Hello Elizabeth.  This is really off the subject but how do you enjoy living in Portugal? I hear it's a fascinating country and one that's definitely on my bucket list. We have friends who make the trip every two or three years as time and money permit and they love the country.  You are absolutely correct in that housing prices are really low in places you would not want to live.  Been there-done that!!  Take care. 

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Elizabeth M   7/3/2014 5:52:51 AM
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Hi, bobjengr. Since it's off topic, I won't take up too much space here but I will say that living in Portugal is great. I live in a place with lots of foreigners so it's a very diverse place--I have friends from about 10 countries or more. I live close to the sea and the lifestyle is very mellow. Of course, there are a lot of things you must adjust to at first--the pace of life is much slower and it's hard sometimes to get things done, and bureaucracy can be a pain. But it's really lovely and I highly recommend living abroad if one can achieve it. Portugal itself is a beautiful country and quite uncrowded, even the cities are quiet manageable. It has its problems and is a bit rough around the edges in a lot of ways, too, but really a lovely place. Thanks for reading and commenting, bob.

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this concept seems tailor made for...
gomnessta   7/2/2014 12:17:49 PM
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...IKEA - are you listening?

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/3/2014 5:37:00 AM
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Great idea, gomnessta. If anyone would know how to make this affordable yet still user-friendly and stylish, it would be IKEA.

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William K.   7/29/2014 11:03:25 PM
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How to make it affordable? Start by reducing the level of automation and the gesture recognition system. A much simpler controls package could cut costs. Next, let a bunch of the motions be hukman powered instead of motor driven. That would reduce the cost a lot.

But it may be that the whole concept is not rational because the materials costs would be way high.

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a.saji   7/30/2014 1:50:10 AM
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@William: Well if you are only focusing on the cost then it's a mistake. Cost is important especially right now but focusing only on it and making decisions is bad. 

William K.
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William K.   7/30/2014 12:09:35 PM
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My point about cost is that probably anybody who could afford such a system could also afford to pay for a larger place. That much automation coupled with that level of controls is expensive. 

Now the"cool factor" is a different thing, because there are many who would pay any price for that aspect. And they would be happy to pay the price. BUT not me.

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Elizabeth M   7/30/2014 7:40:53 AM
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Those sound like good ideas to reduce cost, William K. I think you may be wrong that the concept is not rational, though, as it is a great idea that really makes sense. I'm sure there are ways to get the costs down if that's the only barrier to this being viable; it's such a great idea, in my opinion.

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bobjengr   7/2/2014 5:30:09 PM
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REALLY cool video Cabe.  My wife and I started out in an efficiency apartment about the size of the one shown in the video.  Maybe 500 square feet.  We could have certainly have used the CityHome design.  This is really a fascinating concept and I'm sure one that will take off when commercialized.  If you look at apartments and hotel rooms in other parts of the world you see how pampered we are here in the "states".  They survive on much less footage than we think is necessary.   

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Cabe Atwell   7/2/2014 10:32:43 PM
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Bob,

Like I said, I don't even think the small space setup needs to be automated. The way it all "tetrises" together is where it's at. 

Hope to see more of this.

Hey, even big places could seem even bigger with it!

C

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