New smart home furniture powered by Internet of Things technology is the product of an unlikely partnership between South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom, and South Korean furniture maker, Hyundai Livart.
It’s the first service in South Korea to combine smart home technology with network-connected household goods. Called somewhat mundanely ‘Smart Furniture,’ the service provides Internet-based features for furniture, such as dressing tables and cabinet doors with built-in touchscreens.
Collaborating for ten months, Hyundai Livart designed furniture with network connectivity and touch screens, while SK Telecom 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. Users can also make and receive calls from their furniture. Smartphone mirroring is also enabled.