Imagine a small cabinet on the wall (or recessed into the wall),
maybe 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall, like a kitchen cabinet.
You walk up to the cabinet, open the door, and put into it any item,
for example, a flashlight. You speak the word: "Flashlight". And you
close the door. You hear a whir and in a moment your flashlight is
Sometime later, you walk up to your magic cabinet and say
"Flashlight!" You hear a slight whir and a moment later the door
opens and there is your flashlight!
Behind this cabinet, on the other side of the wall, is a large
storage room. It has a bunch of shelves. A robotic gripper arm runs
back and forth along the shelves and grabs objects and moves them
back and forth between the cabinet and the shelves.
And that's pretty much all there is to it!
Of course, not just your flashlight, but all your stuff,
is stored in your magic cabinet.
What could you store in such a Magic Cabinet?
All your stuff is stored in the Magic Cabinet. All your
kitchen pots and pans. All your clothes. All the stuff that used
to be in closets. All your shoes. Boxes of cereal. It even has
a refrigerated section to store milk or eggs or anything you might
have stored in a refrigerator.
No more refrigerator! (At least not one that is visible and taking
up space in your kitchen)! No more kitchen cabinets. No more bedroom
closets. No more shelves. All your stuff is in the Magic Cabinet!
(You might have additionally Magic Cabinets in other rooms of the
house. There could be a transport system in the walls, or perhaps
the storage room could be centrally located with various rooms all
around it, so that multiple cabinets could easily access the
You say "Corn Flakes" or "My bright red dress!" Or "My softball
glove", and there it is! (You say the same phrase you used when you
put it away).
We could even build in a microwave oven and other devices into the
storage room so that when you want a meal, not only does the system
fetch it, but it cooks it first too! Or when you store your clothes
they could be automatically laundered!
It could also takes (possibly 3D) pictures of all items as they are
put in so that you could visually scan and select from all your
stuff. Or say "ice-cream" to see what flavors are available!
two: Storage all over the city with automatic transport!
Our company will now build Magic Storage Units spread out all over
They are just big buildings filled with the same kind of shelves and
robotic access. Not necessarily any different technology than is in
houses. Except instead of a small "cabinet", there is a big "door"
and trucks back up into it!
Trucks (autonomously driven of course!) arrive every few seconds,
back up to a window, dock with the building, and get robotically
shoved full of stuff, and then drive away. It is all fully
automated. There are no humans here at all! (Cameras watch it
closely and a central office with lots of screens can dispatch a
human instantly in case of trouble).
The truck then arrives at your house and whatever you have ordered
is transferred from the truck to your Magic Cabinet (which has a
secondary door on the outer wall of your house so the truck can just
back into it and dock with it as well.
Now you can use your Magic Cabinet to request not just what you
already have, but ANYTHING you want! You can buy any kind of Corn
Flakes. You can browse all the latest dresses and shoes. Click on
something and it arrives! If it was stored inside, you hear a whir
and it appears in a second or two. If it is further away, it may
take a few minutes. But the interface is the same.
How about small autonomous drone helicopters to move stuff around?
Or underground tubes that connect our buildings!
All of our Storage Units run predictive algorithms so that products
are always moved around optimally and stored in locations where they
are likely to be needed soon. Your own house's unit is smart enough
to know when you are almost out of cereal and pre-order your
favorite one even before you call for it.
Traveling Magic Cabinets: Perhaps you can't afford a Magic Cabinet
yet... You can still order stuff (eg, "Magic-Amazon.com"). A truck
with a human "delivery man" arrives and leaves you a package. Or, a
completely autonomous truck arrives and a robot drops it off on your
In fact, our company, Magic Cabinets, will eventually merger/acquire
FedEx, and Amazon, and Best Buy too...
future: you ask for an object and you get it.
All manufactured products are now part of our system, from Auto
Parts to Fruit and Vegetables to clothing to EVERYTHING! All
products are brought to you by a system of robotic vehicles and
stored in a system of robotically run storage units.
And there will still be
People love to browse and touch and feel and try on actual
merchandise. But stores can have even more samples out for direct
perusal, as stores will be all
show-room and zero storage-space. And now I can choose
something but still ask, "Can I get this in Blue?", or "Can I get it
an a larger size?", and of course, I can!
Because in a live "brick and mortar" store, when you select
something, you don't get the one you are touching, instead, you get
an identical one, in your size/color/etc, which appears immediately
at the store's magic cabinet! Or better yet, appears in your own
magic cabinet, transported there even before you arrive home!