Open Space makes you unhappy? Don’t worry use Solvy.
Solvy is a tool, which allows employees to anonymously address problems, concerns and worries in their workspace.
Users are able to share problems through posts which others then can upvote, comment or even suggest solutions for. To show users how severe a problem is, a mood indicator changes its colors according to the importance of that problem which is decided by the amount of upvotes it received.
During our research we identified a common problem amongst offices with open workspaces, which was: “Employees don’t address problems due to the lack of room and fear of consequences.”
Solvy creates that missing space, which enables people to talk more openly about problems without having to fear negative reactions. The tool therefore lowers ones’ inhibition threshold. It also encourages users to propose solutions and collectively find the ones, that will meet the general consent through the upvoting feature.
A way to improve the tool could be establishing rules on what users are allowed to post, in order to avoid cyber bullying and spam. Appointing community moderators could be another method to monitor the posts for a peaceful environment.
OfficeMaps is an online tool, which provides
information about the location of employees, primarily developed for
businesses, who have implemented the concept of “New Work”.
The interface shows an officemap and where the employees,
in form of avatars, are located. Each employee has a status, like “Home
Office”, “in office”, “in meeting”, “out of
How does it work?
The workers are tracked automatically through
card-sensors in doorways. For exact localization, the employee can scan their
card at their respective workplace, if they choose not to, their avatar is only
shown in the room they’re currently in. Only teammates can view their locations
and if desired the location can also not be shared at all and has to be
requested if needed. There is also the possibility to use relaxation rooms,
where employees are not tracked.
OfficeMaps satisfies the need to find coworkers fast
and uncomplicated in an open space workplace.
Their privacy is respected as well, as the scan on the
respective workspace is optional and the location can only be seen by
teammates. Furthermore, if an employee doesn’t want to share their whereabouts,
the information has to be requested for it to be shared.
Calendars could be integrated in OfficeMaps. Meetings
and workshops could be added automatically. That could also allow the workers
to request meetings.
The avatar could also show the mood of the employee,
for example if they’re stressed or tired, their coworkers know to not disturb
Smart Wall is a unique way to lower the noise level in an Open Office without compromising the benefits of an Open Office.
How does it work?
The glass of Smart Wall is equipped with state-of-the-art noise-cancelling technology, which significantly reduces noise levels with anti-sound waves. Thanks to its wheels, it can be set up effortlessly anywhere in the office and then easily stowed away again. In addition, it is possible to switch from simple glass to milk glass at the touch of a button. Also, Smart Wall can be used as an additional display.
Effortless set up
⮞ An acoustic but not spatial separation
Smart Wall can be used as an additional display for own purposes or to share your screen with other colleagues.
We created a tool for knowledge workers, like freelancers or employees, who manage their time themselves. We call it TrueTime. The Main Focus is on Work-Life-Balance. We created TrueTime for you, an individual who struggle to manage your time. Some people work without breaks, others take breaks without working. TrueTime will change it. Generally speaking, TrueTime is a tool that helps you to balance your working time and free time. Nobody should work more than they can handle. Exactly as everyone should work as much as they can.
At the beginning you have to do a personality test just like every other user. Thus, we determine a first approximation of your working method. We record when you work and when you take a break using various techniques. State-of-the-art technology analyses the way you work and compares it with the results of your personality test. TrueTime automatically creates a perfect work plan for the next few weeks. You have a different plan for one day and can’t work? No problem! TrueTime analyzes your calendar and does not plan any work on such days.
With TrueTime we enable you to generate your perfect work-life balance. You don’t have to worry so much about when you work. You can now focus on from where you work. TrueTime is your smart assistant, you’ll always carry with you.
In our video we show our solution to the following problem: “How might we reduce the noise level for workers in a coworking space?”
In open spaces there are a lot of different noises that disrupt the employees’ concentration. Pen-clicking, moving chairs, people typing on keyboards, phone calls, music and loud conversations are just a few of them.
It was on the basis of these problems that we launched the “Leaf” project.
Leaf is an artificial intelligence which looks like a real houseplant. It provides a quiet and pleasant working environment by moving to the touch points in the room where the noise level is highest. From there, Leaf absorbs the extra sound. This allows employees in the vicinity to concentrate and work undisturbed.
In addition, Leaf’s color-changing ability is intended to draw attention to rising noise levels. At higher levels, the leaves change color from green to yellow and red. This feature is designed to help employees realize that they are too loud and should speak more quietly in order to return the plant to its original state and not disturb their colleagues.
A further advantage of Leaf is that it converts the absorbed sound into energy to supply itself and therefore requires no further power connection.
Leaf – the noise behind.
Another idea, which we could not cover due to the limited time frame, would have been the detection of odors. Just like a real plant, Leaf could provide fresh air by absorbing disturbing smells from certain food or drinks.
ProTracker is a web-based project management tool designed to show the progress and responsibilities of any project at a glance. Additionally, it enables centralised communication and reduces time spent in status meetings. Take a look for yourself!
How does it work?
ProTracker creates a unique website for each project, so employees can access and edit all relevant information in a centralised location. Project status and progress is visible for your clients as well.
Because each employee logs in with their own account, tasks can be assigned and responsibilities can be tracked.
As mentioned above, ProTracker is a web based application, meaning no additional software is required to use it. Our main goal is to reduce the number of tools used for project management in order to make communication and collaboration easier in your company and with clients.
Both internal and external requirements can be viewed and any project updates may be sent to the responsible team members as a Push Notification. Clients can visit your project website at any time and don’t need to call in to request a status update. ProTracker therefore reduces the number of meetings held externally and internally.
To improve the service, more existing management tools and communication platforms may be integrated into ProTracker. Additions could include a corporate messaging service and an app for creating meeting minutes.
Meet “Lock & Roll”. It is the world’s first smart locker that revolutionizes the timeworn retail experience.
While interviewing store managers and customers alike, we discovered a discrepancy between the customer’s need to touch and try a product before buying and the convenience of home delivery that online shopping provides, and smaller stores in particular can’t match.
Our idea aims to bridge that gap. By making it possible to deliver anything you put in the locker to your doorstep, you do not need to carry your heavy shopping bags around in the city or your big suitcase home when travelling.
All you need is a smartphone and our App and an account which holds the information about your address as well as your bank account for a fast and easy payment. The App is very easy to use as it guides you through every step of the process. Just by standing next to one of our lockers, it will use your current position to tell you how many vacant lockers are located nearby. After clicking „Open a Locker“, you are asked to choose between four possible locker sizes. Next it is possible to either select „Pick up Later“ or „Deliver it to me“. When the second option has been chosen, one of our Lock & Roll employees will deliver your belongings right to your doorstep just a few hours later.
After our video-prototype, the next steps are a field test to get more informations and data about the needs and problems our future customers will have.
research and interviews, we noticed that bookstores must fight more and more
for their customers. The clear majority of customers are regular customers,
they come from the immediate vicinity of the bookstore. Hardly a
bookshop has regular customers from outside.
the holographic book Hook, will
change that. It’s an attraction for the bookstore, something unique that
convinces customers to shop in this bookstore, even if they have to go the
extra mile. In addition, it not only gains interest in the bookstore, but also
in the book itself, especially among young people.
holographic book has a special cover that can play events. This can be a book
scene, a trailer, reviews, or something completely different that draws
attention to the book. This scene is then rendered in the form of a hologram.
in the shop window, the scenes played arouse the interest of pedestrians who
stop to watch and then enter the shop. On display in the store, they give a
brief insight into the book, helping customers choose a book. So, the bookstore
can also expand its regular clientele with customers who happened to be in the
area, and now, thanks to Hook, prefer
creating the video prototype, which gives a first glimpse into our idea, an
actual prototype is the next step. Testing the prototype in the field and observing
its impact on customers will help improve Hook.
Other interviews with bookstore owners and customers can help as well.
In our research, we observed that the sense of community has played a big role in why customers visit the store. That is why we conclude that customers have the need for social interaction and community. We asked ourselves how we might create a sense of community in every type of store. That’s how we came up with our Concept which is in this case for a bookstore. But it is also easy to translate that into other types of stores.
The bookseller creates a book exchange event in his shop on a platform. The customers get a notification through the app. The special feature is that the app displays which books the other customers offer for exchange. You can scan your own books and also offer them for exchange. If the offer appeals to you, you can participate in the event. For this you pay a certain amount of money for which you get a coupon. In the store you can now exchange your books and look for new books and buy them with the coupon. Customers have the advantage that they can see which books are offered and only participate in the event if they are interested in the offer. In addition, they can meet other book lovers in the bookshop and talk with them. For the bookseller, the advantage is that people will become aware of the store through the book exchange event and buy something from the coupon if they participate in it. The next step would be to introduce this concept to the user group to see how they like the idea. If a few retailers are interested, we can create a prototype and test it. Through interviews and evaluations, we can get feedback on the prototype and implement the feedback. This is an iterative process and can be repeated often.
Das Ergebnis unserer Entwicklung war eine App zusammen mit einer anderen Art, die Prozesse im Einzelhandel zu strukturieren. Diese App erlaubt es, die Vorteile des Einzelhandels hervorzuheben, welche aus dem Kundengespräch und der Möglichkeit des Testens besteht.
Um die Vorteile ganz nutzen zu können ist eine radikale Umstrukturierung des Ladens erforderlich. Im Laden selber liegt dabei nur noch jeweils ein mit NFC-Tag versehenes Teil der Wahre, während die zu verkaufenden Stückzahlen im Lager liegen. Der Kunde geht nun mit der App in den Laden oder bekommt ein Leihgerät zum Scannen und kann dann entweder Beratung anfordern oder Dinge einscannen. Am Ende kann er sie “bestellen” und bekommt sie direkt aus dem Lager entweder in eine Art gemütlichen Wartebereich, der im Laden integriert ist oder bei Möglichkeit nach Hause geliefert.
Für den Kunden hat dies den Vorteil, dass er sich wirklich über die Wahre informieren kann, etwa in Bücher reinlesen, Dinge ausprobieren und testen. Er hat eine größere Auswahl an Produkten und kann jederzeit Beratung in Anspruch nehmen, aber nur wenn er sie wirklich brauch. Der Verkäufer hat den Vorteil, dass er weiß welcher Kunde beraten werden möchte und dass er sehr gut sehen kann, welche Produkte wie verkauft werden.
Um die App zur Marktreife zu bringen müssten nun Prototypen für sie entwickelt werden. Dann müssten Umfragen und Tests mit der entsprechenden Nutzergruppe durchgeführt werden. Wenn klar ist, dass die Idee funktioniert und angenommen wird kann begonnen werden, sich konkrete Überlegungen zu Umsetzbarkeit zu machen und Anforderungen festzuschreiben, z.B.: Wie kann der Scanvorgang umgesetzt werden?.