Industrial - Bachelors
Integrating with the IW.HUB by Idealworks, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, the Reflection Flag is here to solve the lack of understanding found when working around Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR). Enabled by a two part intervention, the mast head is able to reflect the surroundings; mimicking humans in relation the the IW.HUB where the pole controls affords quick manual override in event of device confusion or failure.
The intervention shown here is the culmination of a months long discovery processes. Interviews with industry professionals and researchers were conducted. Across 2 rounds, I was able to interview 3 individuals, from someone who works daily with these devices to a research associate looking at cutting edge interaction design for the QUT Design academy.
“I watch it every day, I know where it’s going”. Which is fine, when there’s a few robots in this hall. But, at that time they wanted in three months, a 100 robots in that environment. So I was like, “you’re not gonna know where that robot needs to go”. When there’s way more.Interviewee who worked closely with the IW.HUB
Described by one Interviewee, this quote highlighting, that although a blue collar worker may know where these robots are going today with just a handful. The future plan to have hundreds in a space will quickly reveal the need to understand these robots quickly with simple cues is necessary. This quote was then the basis for a lot of what I was trying to solve.
In conjunction with the mast head, The intervention enables the ability to take control at a moments notice just by tapping your PDA, a device these warehouse workers already have, to unlock and take control of an IW.HUB FOR short amount of time. This enables a frictionless experience by allowing warehouse workers remove a AMR from a situation if required. Or just simply move some stock around.
What has been discussed here today is backed back BMW’s future as the primary stakeholder and client of the IW.HUB. Research in to their vision reveals to us that the the future of manufacturing is the culmination and collaboration of human precision and robotic performance. By building expectations in a space and enabling seamless control, the Reflection Flag elevates the IW.HUB to a greater level of collaboration envisioned by BMW and other industry leaders. Affording an efficient product.
Isaac Bonora, an Industrial designer, programmer, photographer and graphic artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Is rounding up a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) at QUT with an interest in tangible design that solves problems.
Some of Isaac's projects include the redesign of the BNE International and Domestic Airport with Bombardier, scheduled for 2050. He has also collaborated on 'Street Sew', designing a portable sewing kit and leading the research of promising programs to teach homeless people soft and hard skills to improve their well-being. Isaac's other interests are programming and photography, creative outlets that have honed his attention to detail and creative development. His body of work is solution-focused and centered in attentive and intuitive design.