This Futuristic Smart Home in Zurich Was Built Mostly by 3-D Printers and Robots
The best part is, cyborg builders don’t take cigarette breaks.
The fear of robots rendering humans obsolete in the workplace has been bubbling up for some time now. But despite rising anxieties over our robot overlord future, the truth is that automation has delivered some pretty exciting things: precise robotic tailors, self-driving shuttles, G-Wagens that double as comedians and, lest we forget, robots that can do parkour. Now, apparently, they can also build smart homes.
Cyborg hardhats were the driving force behind this new three-level home in Dübendorf, Switzerland. DFAB House—the moniker’s a nod to the digital fabrication methods used in construction—is billed as the world’s first habitable structure to be digitally planned and digitally built with the help of robots and 3-D printers.
The ultra-modern 220-square-metre adobe features curved energy-efficient walls, expressive timber beams and an ornamental concrete ceiling, which arguably, would not have been possible without the precision of a large-scale 3-D printer or the robot’s steady electronic hand.
As you would expect, the intelligent home functions like something out of a futuristic sci-fi: Blinds magically open upon hearing a specific command—part of the automated glare and shading system—while the kettle starts boiling water for afternoon tea as soon as you give the word, thanks to the networked appliances. The property also boasts a high-tech alarm system, which we hope releases a team of action figure-size Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminators to catch intruders. (That’s probably not what happens.)
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