Key Subject

The eLab

Technology and Invention

As an in-house innovation lab, Triad Berlin’s eLab perfrorms technological groundwork. Within the lab, inventors and thinkers have the freedom to research current technical developements, experiment, and to develop new devices, functional elements and applications. This gives rise to ideas for further developments or new combination and application possibilities. Finally, it tests the product and the interaction designers and technicians on their practical suitability. 

 

The results of the eLab are regularly presented to TRIAD colleagues in all units, and so provide valuable food for thought for creative projects. The experiences from the projects flow back into development, which ensures a continuous optimization process. The eLab is not only a prototyping laboratory and interactive exhibit, but rather a place of inspiration, innovation and idea maturation. Here, the company's guiding principle: EXPLORE, PLAY, TRANSFORM, is implemented in all facets.

An example of the work of the eLab is the experimentation with capacitive sensors, which is a technology that is commonly used in touch screens and tablets. In the eLab, it’s utilized as a stroking zone for the Cube Cat: an eight-foot high stone sculpture made of cardboard cubes. When her nose is stroked, she purrs and sticks out her tongue, which has a little surprise treat on it that can be taken. The touch sensor is invisible and installed behind the cardboard; it does not trigger the mechanism by direct contact but by registering only the proximity of a hand or a finger on the box surface. Using this interactive exhibit, the eLab was presented in September 2013 at the design exhibition, WE CREATE BERLIN. Also, at the front door of the eLab, a modified Cube Cat invited one to enter and explore the interactive prototyping labs. 

The Alight project is another example of how the eLab’s progressive ideas were developed and implemented. The individual buildings of an architectural model can with the merest hint of movement be brought to light. This is made possible by a so called Leap-Motion controller; cameras can detect the position of each finger in the room and virtually simulate the exact direction in which they point.

However, the activation of colored lights is only one example of many applications. Alight can also, for example, activate screens, sound sources and kinetic installations. This provides a wide field of application and design possibilities for all areas and scales, such as trade fair exhibitions and events.

Further successful projects of the eLab include: the development of interactive, independently movable ceiling lights; as well as the continued research on the topic of augmented reality, and the accompanying development of its own prototypical applications for display glasses.