How will we travel, live and work in future? The digital transformation of our living and working worlds is creating significant changes, and the pandemic is accelerating them even further. There is a growing focus on electric vehicles and digital transformation when it comes to transport, while the living and working worlds are becoming more intertwined.


“Future of Mobility”: the transport of tomorrow

HYMER Connect App is the first connectivity solution of its kind for a connected motorhome © Hymer GmbH & Co. KG

Transport is one of the greatest challenges of our time for business and society. It offers tremendous opportunities, which in turn creates new markets. The future of mobility means intelligent connectivity above all. Data will become a catalyst for mobility, while smartphones will become the app-endowed steering wheels of contemporary transport.

The HYMER Connect app is a newly developed, smart ecosystem that offers a single digital platform combining controls for numerous vehicle components with a display for a variety of information about the vehicle. This enables convenient smartphone-based controls for many living space components such as lighting, heating, air conditioning and satellite units. The Hymer Connect app, in conjunction with a central control unit in the vehicle, is currently the industry’s first connectivity solution of its kind for a linked-up camper van.

NOVUS is a combination of a smooth-running e-bike with the performance of a heavy-duty motorcycle. © NOVUS GmbH

Nice-to-have products often drive innovation as well, including NOVUS for example, a motorcycle that completely reinvents the concept of the motorcycle. An electric engine, combined with a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and novel design concept. Fifty kilograms lighter than motorcycles of the same size while offering higher peak performance. NOVUS connects the benefits of an effortless e-bike with the performance of a heavy motorcycle. It is a smart lifestyle device that unites high-tech with high-touch.

Here you can find an overview of outstanding projects in the “Future of Mobility” category:

HYMER Connect App by Hymer GmbH & Co. KG. © Hymer GmbH & Co. KG
NOVUS by NOVUS GmbH © NOVUS GmbH
Tickin by DB Regio AG ©
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“Future of Living and Working”: smart technologies for the living and working worlds

TINY-APARTMENT ist eine mobile Wohnung, die per Auto transportiert und schnell und einfach montiert werden kann. © Gross + Co. Raumsystem GmbH

Our homes and workplaces are merging more and more. This phenomenon is also being massively accelerated by ongoing digital transformation. Companies are staking their business on the changed needs and creating new, attractive markets with innovative solutions for designing houses, spaces and furniture, including various household accessories.

The Thermomix Friend can be used in parallel with the Thermomix® to take over preparation steps. © Vorwerk

Considering the rapid growth of metropolitan areas and the just as rapid growth in property and house prices, it might just be that small is beautiful. TINY-APARTMENT (TAP) is a mobile flat for singles, couples, commuters and students. It can be transported by car and assembled and stacked quickly and easily. TAP shelves can be set up anywhere. The online hiring system shows where TAP zones are available at the click of a button.

The Thermomix® Friend is the latest addition to the Thermomix® family. The new product can be used in parallel with the Thermomix® to take over some of its food preparation steps. It creates a parallel cooking experience which saves even more time and effort while making the kitchen more convenient. The two devices automatically connect via Bluetooth so that they are guaranteed to be cooking the same meal.

There is an entire array of exciting, innovative products in the “Future of Living and Working” field. These are some of the category’s other highlights:

Arendicom by Arendicom GmbH © Arendicom GmbH
Fauna Audio Glasses by Fauna Audio GmbH © Fauna Audio GmbH GmbH

ENABLE 3D by THE FABELHAFT GROUP GmbH. © THE FABELHAFT GROUP GmbH

“Lighting”: creating worlds of light

SCHOTT® Jade Reading Light is the first reading light made of glass for aircraft seats. © PriestmanGoode

Light symbolises energy – energy for working, living and staying healthy. Innovative lighting solutions are a major, trending topic for innovative markets as our lived realities – which usually take place in rooms – become determined by screens. Contemporary lighting concepts combine fatigue-reducing factors, beautiful design and minimal energy consumption into the one product.

DoT by Erpicum is the latest generation of luxury and design class electric pushbuttons. © Atelier Luxus SRL

SCHOTT® Jade is the first glass reading light for aeroplane seats. This innovative product, designed by PriestmanGoode, features an integrated ambient light as well as an elegant glass cover and is as intuitive to use as a smartphone. The light position and brightness are set with a single swipe. The product’s technical design is exceptional, too, with thin fibre optics transporting the light from white LEDs at its core to the surface, rendering bulky optical lenses obsolete.

DoT is the latest generation of luxury designer switches for electrical purposes. These switches are made of stainless steel and can be integrated into wall panelling as well as furniture. In developing this miniature switch, designer Bruno Erpicum has come up with a precise and innovative element.

Here you can find an overview of the awarded projects in the category “Lighting”:

thePixa by Theben AG © Theben AG
LUX@HOME by Ledvance GmbH © Ledvance GmbH
DoT by Erpicum by Atelier Luxus SRL © Atelier Luxus SRL
IWD-200W von ION BV © ION

Insights Into Innovation

In this final article for our three-part series, we present to you the “Gold” winners of the German Innovation Awards 2021 in the fields of “Future of Mobility”, “Future of Living and Working” and “Lighting”.

“Insights into Innovation”, the online programme of the German Innovation Award, opens up seven different subject areas into this year’s winning innovations: “Smart 5.0: Connectivity, Robotics & AI”, “Future of Mobility”, “Green Future”, “Material Innovation”, “Future Living & Working”, “Lighting” and “Medical & Health”.


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