The Future is Now: The Future of Furniture

Jessica Banks – a roboticist, designer, and inventor – spearheads RockPaperRobot, an innovative design company specializing in the invention of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. With degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, and robotics from MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Jessica’s multidisciplinary background has elevated her work to new heights.

Before sourcing materials and crafting her inventions, Jessica relies on her Intel-powered tablet as a home for inspirational material, from photographs of architectural marvels to 3D renderings of an ambitious new installation.

Balancing the laws of physics with the aesthetic ideals of industrial design, Jessica has built a diverse portfolio of objects, including a levitating table and sensor-based robotic chandeliers. Before sourcing materials and crafting her inventions, Jessica relies on her Intel-powered tablet as a home for inspirational material, from photographs of architectural marvels to 3D renderings of an ambitious new installation. When showcasing her work to prospective buyers, Jessica uses her tablet to demonstrate the functionality of her pieces, often inducing moments of wonder.

Carefully incorporating simple, yet elegant, scientific principles in her work, Jessica is fusing the worlds of robotics, physics, and design. In the coming years, advances in technology will empower aspiring furniture designers to thoughtfully create a variety of new products. At the forefront of this transformation, Jessica Banks is bringing together the worlds of design and physics to invent the future of furniture.

The Future is Now is a 10-part video series that explores people and companies using Intel-powered technology to reinvent the future.