Eighteen projects from the faculty of IDE will be on display during Mind the Step, the design research exhibition at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, from 21 to 29 October.
Designers of the faculty of IDE show, among other things, the Zebro. The modular swarm robot Zebro works autonomously together with its ‘peers’. As soon as Zebros meet each other, interaction followed by cooperation occurs. Zebros can tackle rough terrain with their six rotating legs and – equipped with sound sensors. They will be enormously useful in the future, for example for searching for survivors after earthquakes.
Or take a look at Project Mo, which applies knowledge about non-verbal communication from Disney to improve the interaction of patients with care robots. In doing so, the project works towards robots that are as easily understood as animated characters.
Also in the fields of new materials, design tools and mobility, IDE students and staff members show what they can do. Jun Wu, for example, demonstrates his internal structures for 3D prints inspired by human bone tissue. Eefje Ernst, Froukje Sleeswijk Visser and Pieter Jan Stappers demonstrate Meet your Futures, to help us think about how we can design for an ever-increasing society.
Most projects now have a description online. The rest will follow soon. Click here for information about the projects.
About Mind the Step
Mind the Step shows the fruits of the cross fertilisation between design, research and technology. The exhibition shows promising design projects on various scales: from the smallest wearables, hidden in clothing, to major buildings and urban concepts of the future. In recent years, over 200,000 people visited this exhibition or one of the many short presentations in Mind the Story, the spoken programme that is part of Mind the Step. This exhibition is part of the Dutch Design Week, one of the world's largest and most important design events.