5. December 2019

Smart Liv­ing Today and in the Future

We want our homes to be connected efficiently and at the same time we want to preserve them as spaces in which we feel comfortable and our privacy is protected. This is why we needs all-encompassing ideas, smart ways to communicate, and innovative approaches to design. Design is the element in this process that connects intelligent technologies to users. The Smart Living exhibition organized by bayern design, the center of design competence in Bavaria, and Munich Airport addresses topics relevant to modern society. Beyond learning about smart appliances developed for smart homes, visitors can familiarize themselves with complex systems from the Internet of Things (IoT) and concepts for innovative, sustainable living quarters and buildings in both an urban and a rural context. Smart Living will run until January 31, 2020 at Terminal 2, Level 04, Check-In Area South at Munich Airport.

Sustainable smart living

Selbstversorgersiedlung UPSIDE is a sustainable project which was implemented at Siebentischwald in Augsburg based on Michelle Weck’s conceptual bachelor thesis (HS Augsburg). büro für bauform (Nuremberg) has developed PlantHouse for urban environments. PlantHouse takes sustainability into consideration as well as the lifestyle adjustments necessary as a result of climate change. Developed by Agrilution (Munich), Plantcube is a customizable garden specifically designed for the kitchens of tomorrow. It is a fully-automated indoor greenhouse cabinet that offers ideal conditions in which plants can grow. Another project dealing with sustainability in modern homes was created by designer Nina Renth of Designbüro Barthke Renth and carpenter Rudolf Worofka (Hersbruck). In their Save the Rest upcycling workshops the two showcase their ideas and products based on diverse materials left over from the production of furniture.

Smart connectivity

While applications for smart devices have changed rapidly over the past few years, one of the remaining challenges is the joint control facilitated by smart connectivity. This is where iHaus, developed by iHaus AG (Unterföhring), comes into play. iHaus is a smart-living platform that acts as a cross-system connectivity interface for smart homes. S. Siedle & Söhne OHG (Furtwangen), manufacturer of building communication technology, also has set out to connect diverse functions. The company’s communication tool, Siedle Axiom, is an all-in-one indoor station, telephone, and operating panel featuring a wireless receiver and a smart user interface. Smart systems also have been developed for heating systems. For example, EBERLE CONTROLS (Nuremberg) has developed Wiser, a system that integrates heaters into a smart control system. Up to 16 heating zones can be adjusted and controlled individually and conveniently via a smartphone or a tablet. The only prerequisite is that each heater be equipped with a Wiser thermostat designed by Tom Farenski Industrial Design (Fürth). As an alternative homes can be heated quickly using electric heaters. Elveo, the new heating system developed by Kermi GmbH (Plattling), is comprised of ultra-flat heaters that ensure comfortable room temperatures rapidly. Each device transfers heat through infrared rays. The WRX operating panel connects the heaters with intelligent components supplied by other manufacturers. Robotics are being used in an increasing number of smart homes. For example, the smart automated floor vacuum cleaner Roxxter, developed by Bosch (Munich), helps keep the entire home clean. Roxxter is controlled via a smartphone or a tablet. Designed by BRANDIS Industrial Design (Nuremberg), the robot also can be used to clean individual rooms only and ignore no-go areas. In addition, Roxxter responds to voice commands.

exhibition information:
„Smart Living“  until January 31, 2020
Muncih Airport, Terminal 2, Ebene 04,
Check-In Area South