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My Room is a service product for the hotel industry. The combination of the MyRoom app and appendant keycard reader makes everyday chores for hotel staff run more smoothly and facilitates a guest's hotel stay.
The app replaces high-priced front end solutions in room control by providing a competitive interface between control bus and user. MyRoom combines the benefits of near field communication (NFC) for access control with those of a KNX system for smart room control (lights, blinds, temperature). It allows guests to check in and out swiftly and gives them the power to steer hotel room climate individually.
The keycard reader
The app is complemented by a keycard reader with some slight modifications compared to common readers. Guests can clearly communicate their cleaning preferences to hotel staff by activating icons which address typical cleaning needs in the hotel environment. So guests have the option to actively help hoteliers save resources and thus money.
This project started out as my bachelor thesis in industrial design at Hochschule München. It turned out to become a hugely collaborative project. Starting out on my own I managed to convince and inspire various people to share their knowledge and skills along the way. It proved to me that in order to produce truly great stuff you need lots and lots of input and a wide pool of skills. My topic seemed to have hit the zeitgeist and I received valuable feedback from people in the hotel industry, my supervisors at uni and those patient souls who took part in user testing. A big thanks to all of you!
I have recently teamed up with Munich-based IT startup yathos to develop this project further.
Industry partners: Schiller5 Hotel and Boardinghouse (Munich) Motel One (Munich-Garching) Hotelkompetenzzentrum (Oberschleissheim)
Storyboard development from rough sketches to polished imagery.
One of the first paper prototypes of the keycard reader for user testing.
3D printed keycard reader wired up for the exhibition.
Paper prototyping the MyRoom app
„Grape - the small social network“ is a little hub for collecting new notifications from common networking devices: landline phone, smart phone, pc, laptop and tablet. The nature of a notification can be a call, a text message, an e-mail or an update in a digital social network like twitter or facebook. Each of those types has its own icon, which illuminates whenever a message arrives. The user can read the messages straight away on the integrated touchscreen. If a user decides to reply to a message he can do so with the respective device.
Grape is deliberately restricted to reading only, so that the user can decide whether an instant reply is necessary. This protects the user from uncalled-for distractions. Think about facebook status updates like „I walked my dog today. He is so fluffy!“ Therefore the „Grape“ user can outwit the urge to constantly check potentially interesting news, when usually all he does is procrastinate. Instead he can enjoy undisturbed free time or focus on a task.
To set up grape and connect it to the desired devices the user uses a web browser similar to setting up your wifi at home. The interface is friendly, calm and un-cluttered.
For his project I built a quick physical mockup from mdf and acrylic glass and simulated the illuminating icons with an arduino micro controller and lasercut cardboard.
Perceptix - Munich Design Jam
In November of 2013 I took part in the Munich Design Jam organized by Rachel I. Simpson. At 10 am the mystery theme ("Internet of things") was announced. By the end of the day, after several hours of brainstorming, storyboarding, rapid prototyping and video editing we presented our idea to the other participants.
My team and I explored a future scenario of a consumer grade contact lens with integrated sensors that changes the users' perception of colour. Read more about our concept here.
Urban Farming was an interdisciplinary project initiated by Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in Munich, where I worked in a team of eight. Team members came from the departments of business, mechatronics, architecture and design.
My team‘s aim was to create an urban farming solution to provide occupational therapy on hospital roof tops. To meet the ergonomic requirements of our target group - that is patients in a clinic - we had to find a flexible solution for humans of different ages, heights and physical abilities. After interviewing hospital staff and discussing our ideas with them, Green Table proofed to be the most valid approach.
Within the team my main responsibility was idea generation, creating user scenarios, as well as 2D and 3D design and visualization.
In collaboration with Corinna Weese.
Coatrack approaches the topic of hanging up ones clothes from an unusual angle. It targets students in a university environment, where coats are usually thrown over a chair or stuffed in a corner. Clothing chaos! We selected cellular rubber as our focus material as it has a soft, yet durable surface which even protects delicate garments despite the negligent gesture of stuffing them into place.
The coat rack can be found in the art department's new student lounge at Hochschule München. The most fun part about this project was to watch people approach the coat rack for the first time with visible confusion on their faces. Once they had grasped its intended purpose a childlike glee would light up their faces.
The requirement for this project was to design a wireless digital audio speaker for the fictional luxury brand „Börne & Véglaire“. The design of the loud-speaker had to be fitted around a given tech-pack made up of a sub-woofer, speakers, batteries, etc. with specific measurements.
Wifi speaker systems first appeared on the market in approximately 2008. At the time some still were flawed regarding sound quality but the technology has greatly improved since. Consumers benefit from wifi sound systems as they avoid the usual spaghetti junction of wires. Wireless sound systems also provide users with more flexibility regarding the placement of speakers within their living space.
The trend sport slacklining - which can be described as a further development of tightrope walking - inspired this concept. When slacklining, one tightens an elastic webbing band between two trees & tries to balance on it while practicing various acrobatic moves.
Slacklining equipment is heavy, bulky and uncomfortable to cary without adequate casing.
The slackpac facilitates the transport of slacklining equipment. A sturdy case protects the parts and at the same time the person carrying said equipment. As an extra benefit it can be used as a seat if the ground is wet or uncomfortable to sit on.
Hands on prototyping: To get the measurements and proportions right we built a quick and dirty cardboard model. We then refined the shape for plastic injection moulding.
The case features a removable plastic ring for easier coiling of the slackline, soft padding to protect the bearer and a robust shoulder strap. The slackline, ratchet and tree protection fit snugly inside the case.
Illustration and virtual model including texturing & light setup in 3dsMax / V-ray done by me. Concept developed in team work.