Enough reading, time to go and experiment
We know that the business model of personal mobile devices if both unsatsifactory and unsustainable - for example, the average lifespan of a mobile phone is 18 months. In Europe alone, upgrades or damage make 100 million phones obsolete every year. Which is bad for the environment and frustrating for us as people.
WandULar comes in different forms; a child's toy or a necklace - you decide. And it can switch between different forms for different parts of your life. You can personalise WandULar from the start.
We've worked with students at Brunel University to design what they think WandULar might look.
Their designs were based on the idea of emotional durability as we know that people who feel emotionally connected with products tend to keep them longer. How can we design devices that people want to keep instead of replace? Wandular would be made of materials that get better with age. Its surfaces subtly build up layers of patina, giving it character an an elevated status as time passes.
The students at Brunel came up with a collection of different visions for what WandULar could look like - which would suit people at ifferent stages of life - from the family nest, to a childs toy or even a wearable version.
We've developed a toolkit to inspire new thinking about how we design, make and consume technology.
The ideas in this toolkit are based on the learnings from our WandULar project and is aimed at anyone interested in technology and sustainability — businesses, students, designers or everyday citizens of our tech rich world. We think this can be used to stimulate discussion, thinking and making in studios, workshops, businesses and classrooms.
- How would it work?
- How could it stay current?
- Would it be technologically feasible?
- What’s the business model?
- How could it be made sustainably?
You can see a summary of the WandULar concept and some of the models from Brunel University at the Design Museum in London. The exhibition, The Future is here: A new indsutrial revolution on from the 24th July to the 29th Oct 2013.
WandULar is a long-lasting device, it's hardware is minmal and components are upgraded as necessary. The bulk of functionality is delivered from the cloud so fewer changes and upgrades to devices are necessary from year to year. The device uses a robust connection to stream some serious computing and graphics processing from a remote service - rather than doing it all 'on board'.
We've done some work around the detail of this, and have some technical, working prototypes too. But we know this isn't everyone's cup of tea, so get in touch if you want to know more.