With over two million apps and the average American spending 24 hours a week online, the benefits of unplugging for a bit are viable but grow less and less practical in a world where technology is increasingly imperative.
That’s where Mui comes in.
Built by the Japanese company Mui Lab, this wooden plank may just look like a minimalist piece of art at first, but it’s carrying a secret. That plank is a home assistant capable of connecting to the internet, telling users the weather, playing music, sending messages, and more without the garish brightness of an LED screen.
Though it has to be woken up manually, Mui still responds to voice orders and connects to the cloud.
Watch a demonstration below:
This block of wood is the smart home gadget we need pic.twitter.com/TFqIhVtkhM
— The Verge (@verge) January 8, 2019
Twitter users are intrigued.
Humanity has reached its peak
— EPIC gamer #Grookeygang (@FutureTetrisGod) January 8, 2019
— Jason Hannigan #BoycottNRA 🌊🇺🇸 (@CaptinMoonlite) January 9, 2019
Some simple but looks ace, I wonder what it retails for!
— Collison Electrical (@CollisonES) January 9, 2019
But there were still jokes to be made.