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This block of wood is actually the coolest piece of tech you will see

You can control all of your smart home gadgets with it.

by Ankit Chawla

Every brand is in full throttle at CES 2019, striving to unveil the most unusual, futuristic gadget of the year.

But, there are some brands that want to stand out from the crowd and actually develop something out of the ordinary. One such company is Kyoto, Japan-based Mui. Its product is a thin veneer of wood that sits well with your furnishings.

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However, once you turn it on (yes, it can be turned on), it's nothing but a block of wood. Mui's latest invention has a digital display built right into the wood, complete with a set of hidden LEDs used to display things like weather, music controls, time, voice assistant results, and more.

Add to that, it's a smart display which means it can sync with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa to let you control things like thermostat, lighting, kitchen appliances, bathroom fittings, etc. It's touch-sensitive so you can easily control all of this by touching..a..piece..of..wood. 2019 has its surprises, you see?

This is the first time Mui has showcased this interesting gadget since it made its Kickstarter debut in October last year, where it was obviously a major hit.

And, we haven't even gotten to the price yet. It's priced at a royal $499, which is extremely absurd for a plank of wood, however smart it might be. But, then if you have a completely connected smart home, might as well splurge on this beautiful tech that combines it so seamlessly.

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