Exhibition

Hardware Tech Safari – 10.09.2019

Last Tuesday we were at the opening of the new prototype park “Start-A-Factory” at the IZM (Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Micro integration).
The Start-A-Factory at Fraunhofer IZM offers a unique device infrastructure and working environment for hardware start-ups. It enables fast development from the initial idea to the prototype in project-related cooperations and with state-of-the-art equipment. Three DesignFarm companies presented their hardware at the opening ceremony:
AudioGait – a walking trainer with acoustic feedback, ILPS – a new method for textile treatment with UV and composer – intuitive sequencer for musical instruments.

More about concept and contact can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Future Festival” in Berlin once again demonstrated the wealth of ideas of small and medium-sized enterprises and illustrated the effectiveness of the technology-open innovation funding of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

Again the DesignFarmBerlin had a highly interactive Innovation Day for Businesses in Technology. Exhibited were Robin Hoske and Leon Laskowski with their Design Lab WINT, Madeleine Marquardt with her Laser Printing Process on Textiles and Juan Opitz-Silva, Facundo Gutierrez and José Villatoro with Motor Skins, a fluid-driven exosuit.

The farmers were able to present their product innovations and technical processes. In addition to contacts and feedback from the industry, some were also able to go home with cooperation agreements and order inquiries.

All 6 farmers work experimentally in the high-tech sector and develop conclusive processes for new processes and products.

 

Robin Hoske #Ultra   Leon Laskowski #ALL IN

Madeleine Marquardt #ILPS

Juan Opitz-Silva #Motor Skins   Facundo Gutierrez #Motor Skins

Studio “LS301” at the Hannover Fair 2019

The “LS301” studio, a young product and interaction design studio that develops interaction concepts for dealing with autonomous objects, will be a guest at the Hannover Messe 2019 from 1 to 5 April 2019 at the invitation of Berlin Partner. Under the motto “#Berlinproduziert digital inspiriert” an outstanding platform for innovative products and services – developed in Berlin – will be presented. The two designers Valentin Lindau and Jonas Schneider attracted Berlin Partner’s attention with the “Sweep” project, a semi-autonomous street cleaning robot they developed in cooperation with Berliner Stadtreinigung.

During a one-year sponsorship by DesignFarmBerlin, the two art college graduates developed the body language for autonomous technology. With this unique approach to interaction design, it is possible to give robots a lively character and a bio-mimetic habitus. In addition to the companies Ape Unit, citkar, BigRep, botspot, i-mmersive, INURU, Moeco, MotionLab, Robot4Work, pi4, Sonic Robots, WISTA, Würth Elektronik eiSos and Yptokey, they present their vision of the dialogue between man and machine to potential customers.

“The Hanover Fair offers us the opportunity to present our innovative approach to a broad audience and to network with the robotics scene,” says Jonas Schneider, one of the two founders. “We are focusing on a humane and empathic human-machine collaboration. Our service offers covers beside the search and analysis of existing products, the development of user-oriented interaction concepts, which we make experiencable with physical prototypes, explains Valentin Lindau.

The robotics industry is developing more rapidly than almost any other, not least thanks to artificial intelligence and increasingly powerful sensor technology. At least as interesting as technological progress in this field are design-oriented solutions for autonomous technology. The question is no longer whether things will move independently, but how they will do it.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

 »#Berlinproduziert digital inspiriert«

Hannover Messe, Halle 6 E39, www.hannovermesse.de/

More Studio information »LS301«: https://www.ls301.de

Tech-Ceramic by DesignFarm-Studios!

Exhibiting a product in all its forms involves a lot of effort and concentration. Our farmers Maria Braun and Jihye Kang had this task twice. Both were represented with their own stands and their cooperation companies.

Jihye and Victor Gonzales, the founders of Studio Sinn Ästhetik, showed an “Experimental underglazed drawing robot” at the KAHLA porcelain stand Melodic Scribe. Visitors were able to change different piano pieces via an interface and have the resulting graphics drawn on ceramic plates.
Studio Sinn Ästhetik is primarily concerned with the question of sensual translation. The work “Melodic Scribe” deals with the visual translation of acoustics. The designers have developed a micro-machine and software that draws music on ceramics. Sinn Ästhetik has won KAHLA Porzellan as a partner for this project.

Maria Braun, with her tech tableware Univessels, had a place of honor in the “Young Talents” Area at ambiente 2019. Her ceramic tableware is universal vessels that can also be used on induction stoves thanks to their special surface treatment!

On 5 days the designers had to make contacts, inform, discuss, smile in cameras, make appointments and give interviews to the press.

The ceramic innovations Univessels (Studio Maria Braun) and “Melodic Scribe” attracted a lot of attention and Victor Gonzalez, Jihye Kang and Maria Braun could not complain about too little interest and visit.

For both founders, production development continues now. We are curious 🙂

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Thanks for having us @retuneberlin, an innovative festival for design, art and technology.  Former farmer Yolanda Leask from Doppelhaus, DesignFarmBerlin, and sound artists Hannes Hoelzl and Isak Han, UdK / Creative Prototyping, had a great opportunity to presented their products and ways into entrepreneurship.

The Retune Festival is a biennial event at the intersection of art, design, and technology. In its fifth edition, Retune will bring together more than 500 intrepid minds across 2 days.

The Festival is a “think-and-do-tank” and explores the speculative futures of our digital society. Internationally renowned creatives, researchers, and engineers working on the latest technologies will share their inspirational insights in talks and panels. Get your hands on in workshops and experiment with future ideas and technologies. Experience and immerse yourself into digital art with installations, exhibitions and performance. And exchange with interdisciplinary creative pioneers.

 

Yolanda Leask and Martin Brambley are still on course for success and continuing with the development of their innovative material Cloudwool. And so we are very glad to report on the progress of the young company DOPPELHAUS, who have hit many milestones in 2017 and 2018.

For example, being selected to show at Munich Fabric Start Sustainable Innovations where they exhibited in both Winter 2017 and 2018.

 

The interaction design studio LS301 focusses on the occurring questions within the implementation of autonomous technology and on the potential of interacting with collaborative machines. More and more smart products in our everyday life are able to preceive their surroundings, to take their own decisions and start moving autonomously in our environment. Currently the close interaction between man and machine can be experienced in the field of collaborative robots, so-called cobots.  

The Hannover Messe is one of the most important industrial trade fairs worldwide. With this year’s slogan – connect & collaborate – it was the ideal place to get a detailed overview on current standards and future trends. However after eight hours and 40 booths it was shown, that despite the proclamation of a close teamwork with machines, there was hardly any innovation regarding the interaction. In the case of service robots for example it rather appears, that the developers got lost in old-fashioned stereotypes. Besides that, there were many examples of robotic production in combination with augmented and virtual reality. But especially assembly robots played a huge role at the trade fair.

 

Cobots are still stuck in a future marketing bubble and rarely restrain old-fashioned stereotypes.

 

In this context it’s all about collaboration. But not in terms of really working hand in hand. Teaching replaces hard coding. That means by moving the different axes of the robot, it memorizes the certain positions. From there on the machine repeats its routine autonomously. At this point every interaction is limited to external interfaces. This is no surprise. Because despite their ability to perceive their surroundings, these smart machines are remarkably limited in their communication. You can’t really tell, what their intentions are and that leaves questions begging to be asked. For example how do we know that the robot is aware of our presence? How do we know in what direction the robot is about to move? Or will it stop, if I cross its path? As long as those kind of questions remain unanswered, you will definitely experience a feeling of insecurity. That makes it really difficult to work close with the robot.

 

How can we physically interact without the need of a tablet interface?

 

Some attempts to answer these questions were presented in the research and technology hall. One example was KIT’s physical interface, which was directly attached to the robot. The combination of visual feedback, indicating motions, and the control function with capacitive sensors led to an intuitive interaction. So in every situation, the user is aware of the machines intentions and gets immediate feedback once he approaches his cobot. 

At the end of the day, the claim „connect & collaborate“ was often limited to a robot handshake printed on a promotion pamphlet. But nevertheless the fair and discussions with exhibitors proved, that there is a great potential for defining how the collaboration between man and machine should be like in the future. There is a need for innovative solutions and for an authentic human-machine collaboration. A comprehensible interaction with distinct indications of the machines intention builds trust. And that is the key to a reliable collaboration.

 

Last week we landed in nonwovens heaven, otherwise known as Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. Here all big technical textiles players gather from across Europe and beyond, to showcase their wares, make deals and negotiate. We couldn’t possibly miss this chance to finally meet the nonwoven manufacturers in person, who we have been corresponding with via email for months!

On arrival, the sheer amount of exhibitors was truly overwhelming. Techtextil is an enormous operation: happening only once every two years, in the meantime the company organise similar expos in Russia, North America and Asia. The hall with my name on, 3.1., dedicated to nonwoven manufacture, was only one of many, yet in itself a pulsating hotspot for commerce. The expo site is in itself almost a small city, continuously filled throughout the year with visitors and varying exhibitors from across the world.

The first day began well, resulting in productive talks about potentially having samples made with several new companies that I hadn’t previously been aware of. Friends of mine from the department of Textile and Surface Design at Weissensee art school in Berlin had won a prize for new textile building methods, announced at Techtextil17, so we had something else to celebrate!

Day two had higher aims, with more time to meet exhibitors and some important appointments with factory managers ahead. What proved very helpful was having exchanged emails with many companies in advance, I knew the names of the employees I was looking for, and could approach their colleagues and ask for them, which enabled me to optimize my time, and make a better impression. The main company we have been negotiating with for weeks were clearly in demand, as their booth was always full, and our appointment had to be arranged in advance. Perhaps a good sign, that they are a firm worth their salt! After the day was through, I left the fair feeling positive, that many manufacturers appeared willing to look into our requests and that possibilities are on offer to make nonwoven wool fabrics in Germany/EU. Let’s hope that this networking will result in a sustainable supply chain to produce our fabrics on a large scale in the near future.

Author: Yolanda Leask
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