USI unveils robotic manufactured “MAGIC” house

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The University of Southern Indiana has unveiled a unique, prefabricated tiny house at a ribbon cutting.

The tiny house, also called Minka, was built on campus in less than a week and was designed by nationally-renowned aging expert Dr. Bill Thomas.

The Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community, or MAGIC, project aims to provide places for students to live alongside the elderly. It’s an effort to change the way society views aging generations.

The Minka was designed to maximize independence and well-being through the application of smart-house technology and universal design accessibility.

The pilot Minka unit, located on the USI campus, will serve as an educational environment to drive innovation for future design and functionality of similar units.

This Minka is a culmination of a year-long pilot MAGIC project and is funded by USI, the USI Foundation, and supported by AARP.

The Minka project received several in-kind donations from City Furniture of Evansville, Pro Source of Evansville, and Wayne’s Appliance of Evansville.

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(This story was originally published on October 24, 2018)

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