raumplus is reaching for the stars – and is proud to present MOON, the first closet to suggest a suitable outfit to its owner. Depending on the weather or event MOON puts together a perfect combination of the items stored in it, using light signals to show the user where they are located. A ground-breaking development originating in collaboration with IT students at the University of Bremen that is sure to make its users “MOON-struck”.
You don’t have to be a science fiction fan to recognize the possibilities offered by what still seems to be a slightly futuristic storage project. A closet that uses RFID technology to register the clothing stored in it; coordinates the individual items and assembles them to match the weather; personal commitments and dress codes thus saving its user lots of time; headaches; and the embarrassment of being over- or under-dressed. Developing a piece of furniture like this requires comprehensive IT skills; a young, relaxed approach; and an experienced manufacturer to turn the vision into reality. In the case of MOON preconditions that all came together to create something fantastic.
The idea for the intelligent closet was born within the scope of the “Dual and Synchronous Realities” project, managed by Prof. Dr. Bernd Krieg-Brückner and Dr. Christoph Stahl at the University of Bremen’s IT faculty. The concept was based on the Bachelor thesis of Sebastian Beins, who realized it in cooperation with Moritz Rudert, Christian Meier, Jan Janssen, and Andreas Gusowski – and with the support of raumplus and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI for short). The students have produced a functioning prototype to demonstrate how MOON works and will be presenting it at the Cologne Furniture Fair in partnership with raumplus. To carry out its functions MOON needs a closet equipped with RFID antennae and LED lighting for each shelf plus RFID tags on each item of clothing or accessory. RFID stands for radio frequency identification and allows objects to be unambiguously identified via radio waves without any physical contact. The operating software for MOON is available as an iPad 4 web app. It uses information from the user’s appointment schedule and on the weather at the corresponding location to recommend clothing. Photos and information on colors, patterns, and materials are used to classify all the items of clothing and categorize them according to dress codes.
Based on these preconditions the system offers the following features:
It is, furthermore, also possible to synchronize several closets with each other. The students based their example on a couple who were in a long-term relationship but not sharing an apartment. When the two of them plan a trip or short vacation the system recognizes which one of the closets contains the equipment required – for example sleeping bags or a picnic blanket – and adds it to the corresponding packing list.
MOON can also help to locate the selected outfit in the closet. It controls automated drawers that show the user where the required items are by opening independently.
In addition to this, there are light signals indicating the shelves from which something should be taken or in which something should be stored.
Thanks to MOON raumplus can offer a whole new range of possibilities for closets and their users, representing an exciting bridge between the traditional – akin to a stylish butler who lays out your clothes for you – and the modern, with its wide range of consultants – such as the “personal shopper” – on hand to provide the advice required to cope with today’s huge amount of choice and range of events. Within the scope of this scenario while MOON, as a guide to the right outfit, may still be an unusual step it is, nevertheless, a logical and appropriate one. It may require a little imagination but – let’s be honest – 10 years ago that was also what was required at the thought of a female voice directing us to our destination when driving. So – do you already know what you’ll be wearing tomorrow?
raumplus makes it possible to keep rooms variable and easily accessible to their occupants in all circumstances and phases of their lives. Thanks to their flexibility raumplus sliding doors, room dividers and interior systems are able to master differing interior design challenges whenever, wherever, making them life-long companions.
Anyone who wants open, flexible living space is not only thinking for the moment but also for the future. Because you don’t have to be old to have limited freedom of movement. Minor disabilities such as, for example, after illness or an accident, can also mean that accessibility becomes an issue. Thanks to its highly variable sliding doors and room dividers raumplus can make any room perfectly accessible. The custom-made doors, tailored to every individual room, offer unlimited accessibility without thresholds and with extra-wide door dimensions – a life long.
Classic door thresholds are one of the biggest problems to removing obstacles to mobility within a home. raumplus thus offers two simple, elegant solutions to avoid steps and thresholds – bottom tracks which are inserted into the floor or free-hanging doors without bottom tracks. In the case of bottom rolling sliding door systems the bottom tracks can, as an option, be inserted into the floor. In combination with the top tracks they guide sliding doors safely but are hardly visible on the floor since the tracks are inserted flush to the floor covering. The AIR System in contrast does without any bottom track at all, leaving the floor completely untouched. The sliding doors can, on request, be fitted with motors and movement sensors so that opening and closing is fully automatic. This means that the doors open almost on their own, without any effort on the part of the user.
Walk-in closets can also provide absolute freedom of movement at any stage of your life. All raumplus profile systems make it possible to walk into a closet without any obstacles. Just like the doors the various raumplus interior systems are also custom-made. This means that all closet elements can be installed at any desired access height. The interior systems change with their users, anticipating their needs with height-adjustable shelves; pull-out shelves; drawers which open at the lightest of touches or clothes hanger holders which can be pulled out of shelves as required.
As a manufacturer of innovative furniture systems raumplus works closely with research institutions both with regard to design – e.g. the Designlabor Bremerhaven – and also with regard to functionality. raumplus is currently assisting the research work of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at its Bremen site. A team led by Professor Dr Bernd Krieg-Brückner is developing a series of options at the BAALL (Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab) to allow users with limited physical functions to live lives which are as independent as possible. This starts with things as simple as avoiding tripping hazards and making the proportions of room openings including doors as wide as possible; through automation of doors and doesn’t stop with voice-activated mobility assistants with their own environmental sensors.
Cooperation with Designlabor Bremerhaven
Successful completion of the second cooperation project with Designlabor Bremerhaven. Designlabor Bremerhaven presented a study for raumplus on the question “How can we make raumplus even more successful on the Internet?”
The study’s brief covered the following issues:
Led by Prof. Florian Pfeffer, Designlabor’s six scholarship holders developed two concrete applications for digital media and brand communications in international markets for raumplus.
On the one hand we want to make consumers more familiar with raumplus’ character; on the other generate new content to open up new Internet communication channels.
The MODERN CRAFTS platform will establish a direct, strong, open, emotional relationship with end consumers. In addition to this, it will attract a new clientele.
The DO IT! BY raumplus micro-site offers end consumers and planners a platform for personalized door and room planning that is also fun. It is a meeting place for new customers and markets and, with its focus on personalized design and inspiration, is firmly positioned in the design segment.
Just the greatest
Our new IMA Novimat edge banding machine is in a class of its own in every regard. Manufactured by IMA Klessmann, based in Lübbecke in East Westphalia/Germany, it proudly bears the “Made in Germany” label of quality, just like our own products. In order to be able to house the six metric tonnes heavy, 9.5 meter long giant we had to move a special production workshop wall in our manufacturing area. A 70-tonne crane then used all its massive strength to lift the machine into place in its new home. The IMA is now fitting our systems with water-resistant edging using PU adhesive to do so – and achieving a top performance of up to 30 running meters per minute. This ensures that our products are perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms as well as also for overseas export to countries with difficult climatic conditions such as high humidity. So, after successfully surviving this strenuous installation work we can now settle down to enjoy our heavy-weight, technically high-achieving new addition which is just the greatest!
If you want to succeed in your everyday life, you need to be able to stand up to pressure. When it comes to our doors and systems, we want to be able to guarantee this to you, so we regularly put our products to the test. Or you could say – we put our products under pressure. Sample constructions and functional endurance tests; load and comparative testing – they must continually prove their functionality, quality and durability. Here at raumplus we even test how vandal-proof they are. The result? Over the last three years the technical department alone has carried out some 1.25 million test cycles and our sliding doors have covered a distance of just under 2,500 km on the test bench. This was supplemented by additional quality tests. We consciously subject our systems to everything we can think of because if they pass our tests we can happily allow them to leave the plant to undergo the daily wear and tear that makes up the daily life of a piece of furniture. Because they will then have proven that they are great, even when under pressure.
An ecological ray of light
We have given the “green light” for a significant investment in the environment and the future in two senses of the word. The old neon strip lights used in some 10 000m² of manufacturing and warehouse space have been replaced with new LED strip lights. Although it will take seven years to recoup the money spent on the cost-intensive programme it will, however, achieve a saving of 60 tonnes of CO² annually. This is roughly equivalent to the weight of 12 000 sliding door frames including the top and bottom tracks. We believe that this is a striking environment-friendly lighting effect which is worth the financial advance payment! And we also hope that it will encourage other companies to look into internal factors which have an environmental impact. A current example cited in business magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” demonstrates that seemingly positive factors can sometimes actually prove to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. According to the magazine the pollutants generated when frying a single hamburger – consisting of fat, soot, smoke and steam, are the same as the air pollution caused by a diesel truck on a 230-kilometre long journey. The task is to identify these kinds of assumed “peccadillos”. We found one not in the kitchen but on the ceiling. And you?