Young innovator harnesses fantasy with sights set on creating intelligent home

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 November, 2009, 12:00am

Young inventor Chan Yik-hei has set his sights on creating an 'intelligent' home by realising fantasies he had when he was a child.

Four of his concepts were demonstrated at InnoCarnival yesterday, including a mirror cum television in the bathroom, a secret cupboard on a mirror opened by a password, a computer desk that automatically hides the monitor, and a tea table that rises from the floor when one sits on a sofa.

But the young innovator's brain is bubbling with other ideas and he says he is dedicated to designing a 'real smart home' that can remember people's living habits and service them automatically.

He says he has been inspired by science fiction movies to develop smart home ideas, and suggests that present models are 'not smart enough'.

'If someone has a habit of watching evening news at home, and he doesn't come home one day, the TV recorder should realise the TV is not turned on and then record the session,' he said. 'That is a real smart home.'

In the light of his family's furniture business, Chan is now working on a smart bed that can elevate automatically to give access to drawers under the bed. 'It will help the elderly a lot as many of them do not have the strength to pull the bed up,' he said.