Here's an impressively thorough project by Industrial Design students Sandy Zhang, Jodie Xie, Alaa Alshareef and Megan Wiles, who last year were seniors at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Called Project Timo, the assignment was "to examine and re-think the notion of city based transportation in terms of clean technologies, specific and variable demographics, lack of choices, user/rider safety, available personal time and escalating costs," the team writes.
In addition to the polish of the finished product, what really struck me was the depth of the students' undertaking. The quartet did "research, mockups that help inform ergonomic considerations, iterative physical models, detailed specifications for each model, accessories, and ultimately sales website design."
"The study resulted in the design of a range of three TIMO electric scooter presets - Jarretto, Veloce and Cavallo. Built on a modular system the stakeholder can configure a final product to perfectly accommodate their specific individual needs."
They even worked out accessories for the scooter:
For their efforts, they were rewarded with an exhibition of the project held in WIT's CEIS Building:
"The exhibit describes the development of an extremely well executed project by students (seniors) of the Industrial Design Department. The fundamental aim is to demonstrate the level of contemplative depth and detail necessary to create and describe a dynamic new product concept."
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I've always wanted a scooter with a built-in hot plate.
I don't see how this is different from almost every other scooter out there already? It would be nice if you could adjust the bike AFTER buying to suit your changing needs rather than having to spec it all prior to purchase and being stuck with that one design.