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Project: "The Smart Sofa"
Company:The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Designer(s): Qingli Chen, Yiteng Shih, Yuxiang Sun, China
Category: Home Interior Products, Student
User's Profile : User's Profile

Entry Description: Comparing to conventional sofa, this design is flexible and is able to be extended, which can provide more possibilities of use to the users, so as to provide them with more conveniences and fun. When the sofa is not extended, it will occupy less space and provide space for only two people, which is acting as a normal sofa. However, when it is extended, it can provide seats for four people or more, depending on how long the user wants the sofa to be. Normally, it is a straight block, but the shape can be changed, it can be placed like a curve or a wave, or any other shape that the user wants. For instance, if the user wants to play games in their living room with his or her friends, there would be no need to take out extra chairs, everyone is able to sit on the sofa. It can be placed both indoor and outdoor, wherever the user prefer.

About the Designer/Company
Mechanical, materials and manufacturing engineering at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China is an exciting, dynamic and fast growing department. Its programmes cover mechanics, dynamics, kinetics, thermodynamics, energy, fluids, materials, manufacture, ergonomics and design. The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering has strong links with the corresponding departments in the UK and Malaysia campuses of the University of Nottingham. Its exceptionally close involvement with Chinese and international institutions and industries ensures a high quality teaching and research in the relevant professional fields.