THE SMART POD
The Smart Pod is a trendy concept bag that I designed to carry my personal belongings in. Embedded technology would make this bag stand out from other bags.
This project was my winning entry for a design competition I entered as part of the University of Pennsylvania's coursera.org course that I completed in 2015 (see The Taste Tower project). Entrants were challenged to see "In what way may we create a product to carry personal belongings (e.g. keys, ID, credit cards, and etc.) “on the go”?"
I am not a fan of the traditional, cumbersome backpacks or briefcases so I wanted to design a bag that would:
be stylish, adaptable to different usage styles and create a talking point
have embedded smart technology to make it user friendly and unique
be small and portable for the user’s belongings
safely and securely hold the user’s belongings
The pod’s lid is quickly opened at the click of a button. It opens using electroactive polymers which reduce in length when an electric current passes through them. This forces the lid to curl and open.