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每日跟讀#518: The Latest in Apartment Technology: Fridge Cams and Robotic Valets

最新公寓科技:冰箱攝影機、機器佣人

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每日跟讀#518: The Latest in Apartment Technology: Fridge Cams and Robotic Valets

The latest in technology for apartments encourages residents not to lift a finger, except maybe to touch their phones.

Developers are certain that buyers want gadgets that could, say, help shuffle boxes of books to storage areas, or allow a peek inside the refrigerator when they’re at the grocery store and can’t remember if they need milk.

最新的公寓科技鼓勵住戶連根手指都不必舉起,除了可能得用它來按一下手機。

開發商十分肯定買家肯定會想要這樣的工具,譬如說,可以幫忙將幾箱書移到儲藏區,或人在雜貨店,想不起來是否需要購買牛奶時,能幫助你看見冰箱內容物的這些裝置。

These digital amenities, which are controlled by voice commands and smartphone apps and use robots, are turning up across the New York area in condos, co-ops and rentals, even if users may have to contend with a few glitches. Users may also have to pay a premium.

Yet, to not plug in, developers say, would be to lose out.

這類透過語音命令、智慧手機應用程式加以控制,利用機器人建構的數位環境,正開始出現於紐約地區的集合式公寓、合作式公寓和出租公寓,儘管用戶可能還不得不面對一些小故障。此外,用戶還可能得多付些錢。

不過,開發商說,不跟上這潮流,可就輸定了。

“It’s not about the future,” said Elena Ashkinazy, a manager at Time Equities, the developer listing a two-bedroom co-op on the Upper East Side called the “smart apart” for its futuristic features. This apartment includes a fridge that has three cameras inside that are accessible remotely. “The time is here,” Ashkinazy said, “and we have to be up-to-date.”

「時代地產公司」經理艾琳娜.艾許辛基納齊說:「這跟未來無關。時間就是現在。我們必須及時更新。」「時代地產」在紐約上東城推出一個雙臥室的合作式公寓,因為具備未來概念功能,因此稱它是「智慧公寓」。這個公寓包括一台冰箱,內有3台攝影機,可遠程遙控。

This latest crop of cutting-edge features includes an all-in-one furniture system designed to save space by expanding or contracting at the flick of a switch. It is available in rental projects in New Jersey and Manhattan, including at the Riverbend District, a mixed-use complex under construction in Harrison, New Jersey, from DeBartolo Development and Advance Realty. Renters in the first 286-unit phase of the project, called Steel Works, are about to be given the option of leasing a telescoping bed-and-dresser system designed by Ori Systems, a startup.

這些最新的尖端特徵包括一個一體化的家具系統,它是為節省空間而設計,只要輕按一個開關,家具系統就能張開或縮回。消費者可在新澤西州和曼哈坦,包括曼哈坦河曲區的出租公寓找到這種公寓,「迪巴托洛發展與先進地產」在新澤西州哈里森建造中的一棟混合用途綜合大樓,也有這種功能。新大樓名為「鋼鐵廠」,第一期共有286間房,它的承租人很快就可以選擇是否租用一個由新創公司「歐里系統」設計的伸縮式床鋪和化妝台系統。

At night, renters can slide out a hidden bed, by manually pressing a switch; tapping their phones; or through voice-assistant software, which in Steel Works’ case means via Echo Dot. This puck-size Amazon.com device comes with all units.

In the morning, the bed can retract inside the Ori unit, which is plugged into a wall and mounted on a track, allowing the entire unit to be moved to create a larger living space for entertaining. The unit, lined with hanging rods and drawers, is made of poplar plywood and also has a surface that can be extended for a desk.

夜晚時,租戶可以手動按下開關滑出隱藏的床;或是輕按他們的手機;或是透過語音助理軟體。在「鋼鐵廠」內,它是透過「迴聲點」來滑床。每套公寓都有這個冰球大小,由亞馬遜達康提供的裝置。

清晨時,床鋪可收回到歐里床組中,床組嵌入牆壁,且安裝在軌道上,因此整個床組都能移動,創造出可供娛樂用的更大起居空間。床組是以白楊木三合板製成,附有吊桿和抽屜,而且有一平面可擴展成一張桌子。

Source: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/323365/web/

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