Tools, Smart!

Cutting, ablation, paint, gluing, drilling, screwing, table work! These are the existing product segments of the “Do-it-yourself” division at BOSCH Powertools. The control units of the electric motors of these devices also contain electronics here and there. But we cannot (yet) speak of smart products!

In the project “Tools, smart!”, the omnipresence of the new media and the so-called smart technologies in the DIY sector was to be problematized and its impact on product conception (user experience) and product form (housing) investigated.

Picture: Sander 4.0 // Yves Kaprolat

Modules 4.0

Daniel Gemmecke

Painter 4.0

Carina Moser

Sprayer 4.0

Karlotta Klußmann

The aim was to develop innovative products (product design, interaction design) that lead to a new complexity of use in these segments. The question is to what extent “smartness” will play a role in electromechanical devices (drills, jigsaws, etc.) in the future in the world of do-it-yourselfers. Starting point for all analytical and design design methods: Away from pure product orientation! Towards a user orientation as a holistic approach, which even more strongly incorporates the world of hobby craftsmen. This means that the focus is on comfort (user guidance), safety and/or user experience (fun). The use (computer literacy) of smart technologies (such as smartphones, social networks, sensor technology/emission technology) in combination with traditional device technologies will be investigated under the approach “Smart Devices 2020”.

Picture: Metamotor 4.0 // Lukas Munser

Semester Project 2014 / 2015

Prof. Dr. Alex Buck
Prof. Frank Zebner

Valentin Brück, Daniel Gemmecke, Yves Kaprolat, Karlotta Klußmann, Julian Kuhn, Carina Moser, Lukas Munser, Shaghayegh Puid, Benjamin Slattery, Joseph Schreiter, Annika Schürholz