The connected suitcase
23 May 2018
At Alegre Design we have been committed to education for a decade. Specifically, to the training of students of the Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera.
This year, within the syllabus of the subject Industrial Product Technology, we have devised a different proposal for the students: the project “The connected suitcase”.
Thus, in collaboration with suitcase manufacturer Gabol, the students have been set the challenge of designing a suitcase equipped with technological solutions. A practical product design project in which the students have had to interiorise design processes and industrial methods and apply them for a specific purpose.
All the members of the Alegre Design team have given training sessions to transmit to the students the processes involved in the design of a product and, specifically, a product with technological qualities.
The approach to the project is based on the “Imagina” philosophy of Alegre Design, which incorporates electronics in everyday objects to improve the user’s experience.
This approach has been transmitted to the students, who have adapted standard suitcases provided by Gabol to create prototypes in which to incorporate their technological applications.
The students presented their projects, at two stages of the process, to representatives of Gabol. In view of the level of innovation of the students’ proposals, it was decided that some of these projects would be selected for presentation to the internal design team of the company in order to seek points of collaboration.
The starting point for these projects is a trip, from departure until arrival at the destination, to improve the experience of the traveller via the implementation of some connected element in the suitcase.
These improvements have focused on the user’s experience during the trip and the agents involved, obtaining proposals for improvement linked to traceability, preparation and even the travel experience.
We have found this project very gratifying, since it has allowed students to develop for themselves the skills and processes necessary to incorporate their design in an everyday product.