Imagine touching your headboard to adjust the room temperature or tapping on a wooden armchair to dim the lights. Spanish technologists want to introduce such seamless, sophisticated interfaces to wooden household furniture.
The Spanish technological research center Tecnalia created the project, called WoodTouch, with furniture companies Grumal and Nueva Linea, electronics developer Elson Electronica and the lighting company Ekoleds. Details on exactly how it would work weren't available online, but the plan is for the furniture to be connected to heating, lighting and various electrical devices.
WoodTouch "uses the warm feel of wood" to change furniture into a new intelligent control system that allows us to control all our home electrical devices in "a simple and intuitive way," according to the project description. The button-free project is still in development.
Looking back at other efforts to create smart furniture, the results are mostly coffee tables that look like giant iPads. I'm curious about what WoodTouch will produce, since there's so much surface area to play with in wooden furniture.