The 6th-semester course: “Designing systems”, develops the student’s ability to master the design educational practice focusing on the relationship between the designer, partner and society. An important goal is to see one’s design practice within more extensive systems and processes. The course intends to help develop the student’s chosen speciality and exercise the ability to work with a partner and in teams.
Salto Connect: For a greener tomorrow
With three design practices and Salto as the working partner, the team created a system around producing, storing and sharing energy. The primary focus is sharing power between users.
The assignment given by Salto described four different situations where charging would take place:
- Charging at home
- Charging at work
- City charging
- Charging parks
Within the four charging situations, there were four suggestions of problems needing solving:
- Where will the electric car driver live in the city charge in the future?
- How would you include charging in a smart grid system for your home?
- What will a charging park look like in 10 years?
- Who are the users of Salto?
Another focus area was “Birdie Cloudcharge” – a communication device between the owner of the charger and the customer who needs charging.