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IAA 2015 – through the eyes of our UI design and HMI expert Fabian.

15. Oktober 2015 - 19:12 Uhr

A great spirit of change, a vision brought to series-production readiness and presented in an excellent and unique design language – that has been the appearance of BMW at the IAA two years ago. In 2013, BMW mainly represented itself by the i3 and i8. In 2015, kind of disillusionment has set: The Bavarian automotive company convinced with a solid performance based on a strong BMW7 ready to implement features into production that seem the be no more than a vision for others.

Only Mercedes appeared to be more than a well-sorted car dealer, performing an augmented reality show in a never-ending loop. The Mercedes “Concept IAA” spread a spirit of the future with its transforming bodywork and rims.

Most thrilling trend
The times when drivers communicated only via klaxon, flash of the headlights or pointing the middle finger seem to be long gone. In the future, we will integrate our surroundings as communication medium through projections. Mercedes already presented its autonomous driving car F015 in Las Vegas, which projects for example crosswalks for pedestrians.
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BMW is one step ahead with its 7 Series lighting the way during embarking and disembarking the car.
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The most underestimated element inside a car
Car seats, in the best case comfortable, adjustable and including a massage functionality? Far wrong! Sensors in „Faurecia’s“ car seats measure respiration, cardiac rhythm and biometric data of their passengers. In case that the driver falls asleep, the system activates the lane assistant and awakens the driver with a massage. For accidents that occur nevertheless, the airbags adjust to the size of children, women or men. If the passenger’s heart stops beating, this information will be transferred directly to the rescue teams.
Most interesting processing of materials
This car’s interior has been covered with a millimeter thin layer out of slate. Whether this is a reasonable option for weight reasons needs to be discussed. But for many fields of application this could become a really interesting solution: The layer is thin enough to let light and LED through, which means it could be used for displaying interfaces.
Series production
Interaction via gesture control is not a new phenomenon. For several years now, you can easily build prototypes using a Kinect.

BMW is one step ahead with its 7 Series: Many features that for the competitors remained in concept phase were realized and produced in series. Starting with the touch display key up to gesture control. But more than any other way of interaction, the gesture control has to be learned by the drivers: Which gesture means what, where is it used and functional? That’s not easy and not yet intuitive. Therefore, today gesture control only makes sense in some very specific use cases.
For example, BMW uses gesture control to change the volume of the radio. Of course, it’s working as well via buttons at the steering wheel, rotary controls or voice control, but gesture control now offers a forth option.
Rotary controls are used everywhere, gesture control isn’t working in any use case, so why not implementing a touchpad?
The touchpad is becoming an important and independent input element. It is equipped with raising shapes or Force Feedback to offer better orientation. Both trends have been applied in the concept for Hyundai Vision G Coupé in an amazing way. Hyundai itself characterizes its device as follows: “The ‘Remote Wheel’ is an ergonomically designed semi-sphere haptic touchpad installed in the center console. It offers intuitive touch and gesture interaction and responds to a simple wave of the hand, minimizing driver distraction”.
Audi presented their touchpads without Force Feedback but using even more rotary controls. At first sight, it’s not clear which input device should be used for which function.
The most interesting and drastic implementation of a touchpad has been produced in series by Lexus: It includes Force Feedback, is functioning perfectly for most applications but ends in disaster when it has to be used via cursor.
You will see Force Feedback in every third car presented at the IAA. But none is giving you the feedback of a keystroke as it does the Apple MacBook.
The instrument cluster: less analogue, bigger and with a sense of future.
The most interesting instrument cluster has been presented by DS Automobiles consisting in a head-up-display and two sequential screens. The screen in the front row is transparent and complements the content of the second one.
This rear projection is not less drastic:
Continental showed with this instrument cluster that LEDs can form a perfect unity with an OLED display.
BMW covers some parts of its instrument cluster with rounded tape to conceal unattractive screens.
Apart from that you get the impression: the more screen, the better.
Nissan can’t keep up concerning innovative materials, but they found a way to use creativity to compensate these disadvantages.
Rear seat entertainment: Big screens becoming thin Android tablets
Until now, most of the implemented screens gave the impression of a tube television. Why not using thin Android tablets? In this field, Audi scores with their rear seat Android tablets.
Bracket for the Audi Android tablet:
And again the BMW 7 Series scores with its rear seat entertainment. Even though the built-in tablet is smaller and fixed in between the two back seats, it is working as well with Android. However, the rear seat tablets still have adequate room for improvement.
Most of the other rear seat entertainment screens seem to have fallen out of time.
Highlights presented by suppliers and start-ups
Neonode impressed with an enlargement of the touchable area of smartphones.
Another great idea is to place buttons on the steering wheel close to the common hand positioning.


In the future, street lamps won’t just light the roads, but also offer electricity and monitor parking areas. The future charging cable will bill electricity on its own, no matter where you charge your e-car.

Besides from that, Continental presented curved displays and Force Touch screens.
Interactive installations
In the past years, it was worth to visit the IAA only for its interactive installations. Unfortunately, it seems like those kind of installations are running out of fashion. Mercedes was one of the only ones explaining their technology using interactive installations.

Even if those kind of installations hasn’t been quite innovative, it helped ZF to explain the seven steps of autonomous driving vividly.

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presenting change: designaffairs at WorldUsabilityCongress

12. Oktober 2015 - 18:27 Uhr

In Graz we took part in the WorldUsabilityCongress (7th/8th of October ’15) with 250 participants, a lots of presentations and several company stands.

Alex did a presentation on: „Beyond the Frame | Interaction Experience in the Automotive Landscape“


Jens did a presentation on: „Human Centered Design securing the Future“


Both presentations were broadcasted via livestream to the internet.

Also, there were a lot of interesting presentations by SAP, MIT, W Motors, Porsche, Microsoft, Caterpillar, Telekom and many many others.

Furthermore, Graz is a very nice little Austrian city and the diner at the castle restaurant was astonishing.

designaffairs looks forward to come back next year!


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Make Munich 2014

23. Mai 2014 - 14:27 Uhr

Consider yourself the nerdy type? Do your eyes light up at the mention of micro controllers, sensors and other electronics? Or are you more into games and guerilla gardening?

If any of the above is you, make sure to clear your calendar for one or two days in early November this year  to visit Make Munich 2014. While you get all excited about this prospect, let me give you some more mouthwatering info:

Make Munich is an open fair where creative and nerdy people can share their projects. Last year there was a strong showing from the rapid prototyping community (3D printing, laser cutting, etc.) as well as representation from DIY consumer electronics products like Arduino, digital and board games and craft-based booths like jewelery makers, guerilla gardeners and silk-screeners.


If you like to get your hand dirty instead of just looking at things, there will also be talks and workshops to participate in. Last year, for example, Simone Rebaudengo talked about addicted toasters and Anna Blumenkranz got kids excited about the possibilities of soft electronics.

To find out more about the event visit: make-munich.de

When? 1st and 2nd of November 2014

Where? Reithalle München


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Virtual Museum Visit

3. Juli 2013 - 14:41 Uhr

Mazda’s Museum has been digitalized by Google Street View and offers a virtual tour:



Street view combined with e.g. omni (see link below) reminds me of Star Trek’s holodeck.

Related article on our blog:



find more great examples on (watch out for the yellow „Pegman“):



… and sometimes it’s getting a little weird:




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VR Everywhere

28. Juni 2013 - 09:25 Uhr

Virtual Reality is finally reaching our living rooms within the next months.
Poor image quality, combined with headaches seems to be a thing of the past.
OculusVR recently showed a HD prototype version of their VR glasses Rift and Virtuix Omni fills the gap of a total immersive virtual experience!

Looking forward to see these devices hitting the market soon!

Related article on our blog:

Watch the videos on youtube

Oculus Rift

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For more information about Omni

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21. März 2013 - 16:32 Uhr

On february 22nd till 24th the North Atlantic Handmade Bicycle Show took part in Denver, Colorado. Being one of the most inspiring bike fairs, it is much more closer to the trend and the real cyclist than the commercial fairs serving their own needs and a stereotypic rider that doesn’t exist.

Check out the official link: http://2013.handmadebicycleshow.com/


Summary: Cyclocrossers are coming back straight from over 110 years ago. And they are still fast. Beside the 29er trend and the fat-bikes as well the re-growing popularity of CX-bikes started several years ago and is still unstoppable. Being first recognized as a small niche of mainly singlespeed Monster-Crossers out there, the re-reborn CXs are combining Monster-Crossers with a versatile and durable do-it-all-every-day-ride.

Internal gear hubs are used to keep it clean and looking like a singlespeed. Drop bars? Of course. Disc-brakes are the coming standard on crossers (some street-, commuter and travel-bikes have them too).

So the pic above is what we’ve get used to see the next years as the new growing type of bike, the new-age Cyclocrossers, hopefully making the faceless industry-driven 29er obsolete.

Multi-purpose do everything, everyday. Big tires, therefore no suspension, internal gears, disc-brakes, drop-bar. Looking awesome, rides like a dream, faster pussycat, kill kill!

Find tons of pics and comments on following sites:




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Flexible displays

15. Februar 2012 - 11:46 Uhr

Designers and Usability Engineers buckle up, this year’s conference on tangible, embedded and embodied interaction (www.tei-conf.org/12/) indicates more than ever that displays are merging into flexible everyday things and direct manipulation is moving from fingertips to an whole body exercise and experience.

TU Darmstadt provides some examples of their current and ongoing research in interaction with foldable and expandable displays.

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Art Installation „Blackfield“

12. Januar 2012 - 11:24 Uhr

London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation using cut steel botanical specimens modeled from old textbook illustrations, each embedded in a thin layer of sand. On first encountering the sprawling array of plants they appear completely black, thus the installation’s title: Blackfield. However when viewed from the opposite side, a field of black turns into a wall of color. (artclub)

20000 plants made of stainless steel, hand painted during the past 3 years, planted on the floor, covered by sand:






Video of the installation

(Via thisiscolossal)

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STROKE urban art fair 2011 / may 26 – 29

27. Mai 2011 - 10:24 Uhr

although not as inspiring as last year (maybe because of the new location at the ZENITH in the northern part of munich), STROKE still is a very interesting fair on urban art, demonstrating how young art evolves beyond  traditional conventions.


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Concept Car Dashboard

16. November 2010 - 23:18 Uhr

Hyundais European Design Center commissioned MESO with an interactive and operational dash board system. The so called „i-Flow“ was introduced to the public during the Geneva Car Show 2010.

The i-Flow  drives the development of the new corporate form language, fluidic sculpture.The graphic and interaction is very playful; a moving grid of baselines is the only layout framework, all of the onscreen elements just float in space, and can be docked in the bottom display if necessary. The grid distorts in real time in response to the user’s interactions, always accomodating a dynamic rearrangement of all elements. As in the interior, there are no rectangular lines in the display. Everything flows. Driver and co-pilot interact with this very smart car via a “touchless” vision-based multitouch technology or via a clickwheel in the console. For the presenters showcasing the car, there is also a convenient remote control via a mobile phone.

Technologically, the dashboard is essentially a sculpted, superwide multitouch screen with a stunning resolution: The three interlinked screen areas are realized by use of no less than six miniature video projectors that boast a total screen width of 4800 pixels – about four times that of a regular desktop monitor. This yields a very decent resolution of about 100 dpi – as good as a laptop. The main display alone is over 800mm wide. The whole system runs from a single computer (neatly tucked in the boot).

Concept Car Dashboard 1

Concept Car Dashboard 2

Concept Car Dashboard 3

View the VIDEO at the MESO website.

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