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.
Mix & Match
Variable sliding door or fixed dividing wall? At raumplus this is not an either-or decision because both options can be combined to create a whole that is both creative and harmonious. Or as the dividing line between kitchen and dining room with sliding doors that opened when the cooking is finished while keeping the preparation area permanently hidden behind dividing walls or to structure an attic space with static walls under the eaves and sliding doors in the taller center of the room – there are numerous options to achieve a perfect Mix & Match of systems. So get mixing!
Some 15,000 doors pass through the hands of our six door builders every year. And every one of them bears the signature of the person who manufactured it. We don’t do this because we want to market our doors as pieces of art with the cachet of a “limited edition”. Nonetheless every one of these custom-fit, hand-made doors is a unique product and a beautiful piece of craftsmanship whose creator deserves to be named. In addition to this, the fact that the doors do not remain anonymous means that our employees noticeably identify more strongly with the product. Which is no surprise since everyone wants to show that their skill and know-how does credit to their name. And you would sign up for that program too, wouldn’t you?
The easy way
We can make things easy for you! Our sliding doors can be set into motion without any effort. An integrated sliding door brake ensures that they stop just as easily. The brake mechanism, integrated into the top track, is invisible from the outside but has an effect that doesn’t need to hide. It can slow down even doors with heavy panels without any effort, pulling them into the designated stopping position. This reduces wear and tear both on the materials and on the user’s muscles and nerves. A comfortably easy way, where the only thing not to be stopped is your enthusiasm!