The latest release from Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen is a television that rotates, slides or extends to pre-programmed positions, ensuring the best viewpoint regardless of where someone is sitting within the room – shifting to face the sofa or dining table accordingly, for example. As highlighted in Modern Family: The Evolving Domestic Landscape, adaptable products that allow for diffused boundaries and flexible room layouts are becoming increasingly popular.
The television is designed to be as discreet as possible and not dominate the interior: speakers drop down from underneath the screen when turned on, while extra components such as satellite boxes or DVD players can be hidden away and controlled from the single sleek aluminium remote. This follows a growing desire for unobtrusive technology that, despite playing a large role in our lives, makes a small imprint on the appearance of our homes.
Three personalized buttons on the remote control provide one-touch access to predetermined profiles, including particular screen positioning and preferred channels. This option for adaptability is particularly suited to multi-generational families and home sharers, allowing parents, children and grandparents to each have their own profile on the remote, for example.
As the shape of family life evolves, brands from across the design sectors are readdressing how to appeal to the changing needs of the families of the future – for an in-depth look, see our Macro Trend Modern Family.