Redefining Urban Living

Summer 2016 — I interned at Ori, an MIT-startup transforming and redefining urban living spaces with robotic, shape-shifting furniture.

Over the course of 3 months, I built the iOS and Android apps from the ground up. The mobile apps act as remote controls, which connect with the lights and transform the robotic, IoT furniture systems.

01 Robotic IoT Furniture

Static floor plans, rigid buildings, and unresponsive structures constrain modern lifestyles that are more mobile and less predictable than ever. Today, we need urban spaces that are versatile and vibrant, flexible and responsive. To achieve this, we need to see space differently. We at Ori challenge the world to see the potential in all spaces, unlocked by advances in technology and empowered by a different point of view that moves us toward a more affordable, accessible and sustainable urban future.


02 Mobile Apps


I was the sole developer of the iOS and Android apps, building them natively on both platforms from scratch. I had the autonomy to design and implement the UI and UX of the apps and develop the interaction models interfacing the app and furniture systems.

I had the chance to work on the full-stack, from the API layers to the front end visual identities, from prototype to conception. Throughout my internship, I was supervised by the head of engineering.


Interaction Design


Having no prior experience in mobile development, I learned the ins and outs of iOS and Android development within the first few weeks.

By the end of the internship, I finished the iOS app and made significant progress on the Android app. I wrote documentation and handed off the app to the next intern.

Both the iOS and Android apps are now live on the App Store and Google Play.