“When we first put Ori in our model unit, a prospective tenant came by, took a look and got excited,” he said. “We ended up leasing the model to him. He stayed 18 months. During that time, he gave feedback to Hasier [Larrea] on how to improve the system. A few months prior to moving out, Hasier redid the unit with an updated model of Ori at no cost to us.”

Other building residents regularly ask the property manager whether they could get the system installed in their second bedroom to make room for an office, Bloch said.

In New York, Maria Masi, vice president of multifamily development for Brookfield, said the company is always looking for innovative ways to enhance its residents’ experiences and incorporate the latest in design, convenience and style.

The company installed Ori in one unit of the Eugene, an 844-unit, 62-floor rental building on West 31st Street. “People can get a sense of how they would use it and how they could transform the space,” she said. The unit is open for public viewing through the building’s leasing office, or you can set up an appointment through theeugenenyc.com.

Larrea said: “We’re developing a deeper, wider strategy for the future of urban spaces. With the same robotic skeleton and muscle, we can design furniture skins for many demographics at many price points. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Ori will surely go global.”