Developed by Mui Lab – which is located in the Japanese city of Kyoto – Mui is an interactive wood panel that is activated by swiping your finger across its surface.
Using the digital display that appears on the wood surface, you can talk, send and receive messages, and check the news and weather.
According to the company, you can control connected devices in your home, office or public spaces, like lighting, thermostats, and so on. When you are done, the panel goes back to sleep mode and looks just like a piece of beautifully sanded wood again.
Mui Lab says this natural alternative interface connects to the internet, controls smart home devices, and is a new platform for developers.
In accordance with calm design principles, Mui aims to minimize the “noise” of technology and create a calm and peaceful environment for the users.
Meanwhile, Mui Lab has launched a fund-raising campaign on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise US$100,000.