Robi Box pushes all the right buttons
- Sustainable product, from idea to execution
- Easy to install in any kitchen
- Fresh filtered water from your tap with a simple push on the button
Drinkable tap water, from business to consumerRobinetto is an impact enterprise focusing on reducing the ecological footprint by promoting tap water as drinking water. Together we developed Robi, a system that realises this promise for the consumer market. The ROBI Box is easy to install in any kind of kitchen because it connects to the existing tap. The design of the button itself is both exceptional and suitable for different kitchen styles.
Responsible design all the wayThere was a strong emphasis on the sustainable aspect of the product throughout the project. For example, the housing is made of recycled plastic drinking bottles. This not only fits perfectly with the story of Robinetto but is also the perfect balance between our design and engineering.
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Pushing boundaries in prosthetics
- Feasible to manufacture
- Accurate but smooth assembly
- No compromise on design and appearance in order to enhance the emotional aspect of the product
Meet Lunaris!Axiles Bionics developed an innovative mechanical solution, the Lunaris, that accurately mimics ankle and foot movements of a human body. The ground-breaking mechanism enables both comfort and dynamics to a daily, active life. Walking, going up and down stairs or uneven surfaces become effortless again.
Harmony between manufacturability, design and human-centred approach
Our job was to support Axiles Bionics in translating this revolutionary technology into an actual product: feasible to manufacture, accurate but smooth assembly without compromising its design and appearance. After all, design and styling play a crucial role in creating an emotional connection.
Since protheses are worn by people, we wanted to step away from the traditional orthopaedic, clinical perspective and go for a more emotional, human approach. Working closely together with their engineers and designers we created a design that is comfortable, light but strong, compact and looks more like an actual foot.
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Future-proof plan for continious growth
- A future omnichannel experience
- Ability to enable clients to always be operational and ready for growth
- A smooth interaction and processing of inquiries for various types of customers
TVH goes omnichannelTVH is global market leader as supplier of parts for material handling, for construction, agricultural and industrial equipment and for workshop and warehouse supplies. The B2B company asked our help to make their service an omnichannel experience. More specific, they consulted us to help create a strategy and high-level service blueprint.
A one-week sprint and the resulting high-level blueprint has given TVH a kickstart in developing an omnichannel service offering.
How to turn services into an omnichannel experience?
In order to create a clear goal for this collaboration, we started establishing a common understanding what ‘omnichannel’ means. We did research, uncovered typical features of omnichannel services and consolidated these findings into a detailed definition specifically for TVH. Together with the client, we decided to organise a one-week sprint to co-build the omnichannel service with a group of TVH employees from all departments: digital, purchase, sales etc.
Why a sprint was useful
- Creating a common understanding of customers' needs.
- People who know the organisation very well can assess when an idea is applicable or not.
- Shaping and creating the service together turns employees into key ambassadors of what omnichannel is and can be for TVH.
To make the group familiar with the concept of omnichannel and to inspire them, we created a card deck with examples of good omnichannel experiences. These cards were the result of thorough research into the world of omnichannel and the different technologies that can contribute to those experiences.
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Perfect Moose ready to take over the global coffee business
- Qualified for mass production
- Easy to disassemble and maintain
- Decreases production time and cost effective
Perfect Moose, what's in a name?
Schuilenburg invented an automated intelligent foamer that makes it possible to create the perfect milk foam without any barista knowledge. The success of Perfect Moose allowed them to roll out a first batch of products, but as numbers increased significantly, they needed an updated design ready for mass production and fit for easy maintenance.
There's a new Perfect Moose in town!
Achilles Design helped Schuilenburg optimise the first prototype without making drastic changes in the overall look and feel since it was already a much desired product. Together we created new concept and system designs which were tested in their lab.
Aside from the main challenges, the design had to take into account specific requirements such as hygiene, contact with food, high temperatures, European and international regulations, etc. The entire project required lot of expertise in engineering, industrial design, supplier selection and detail design, which we fully delivered.
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Full package of child's playDreamLand wanted the birthday boxes to be available in different themes to provide customers with a choice for their party. However, the biggest challenge was to design the birthday box in such a way that even the packaging could be used as part of a game, a costume, decoration …
Working with different teams on various themes
For this project our product designers worked closely with the brand design team to create these amazing birthday boxes: Superheroes, Disco, Unicorn and Sweet Dreams. Each birthday box contains instructions on how to unbox this celebration package. Parents will be happy to find all the necessities for a fun theme party (up to 10 children):
- A handy party planner
- Accessories to dress up
- Ideas and attributes for exciting activities
- A step by step guide on how to order a cake or a recipe to bake one
- A fun activity to unpack the gifts
- A Spotify link to a suitable playlist
- Goodie bags
The boxes themselves also play an important role in this whole experience, they can turn into a game board, main characters of a game, decoration … When the party is over, they can be kept as a beautiful memory or decorative items.
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Ontex developed the absorbent products, electronic devices, front-end and back-end software. The company reached out to Achilles Design to benefit from our professional services on the mechanical design for the Orizon clip-ons as well as the charging stations taking into account certain requirements:
- Cleanability: The devices need to be easy to clean, free from dirt traps and waterproof (IP65).
- ISO-13485: The devices are developed to fulfil this quality standard.
- Easy to use: The clip-ons need to be easy to handle by the caregivers but difficult to remove by the patients. They also need to be comfortable to wear on the absorbent products.
- Good interconnection to the interface of the printed sensor: The attachment needs to be secure and must ensure good connection throughout the use time of the absorbent product.
- User friendly feedback by the clip-on device: The clip-on ensures useful information through an integrated display and with good visibility of the LED light.
- Mind the budget: The clip-ons should be reusable, robust and consist of limited materials and parts to maintain the budget.
After thorough research and understanding of the technology used for the ORIZON SMART diapers our creative team of product designers and engineers turned their ideas into a series of design concepts. What followed were several prototypes, evaluations and tests for both the clip-on as well as the charging station.
- The clip-on
The device slides easily in the front pocket of the absorbent product and is fixated with a snapping cover. The cover clicks over the sides of the pocket, holding it in place and preventing the device to slide out. We designed the snapping cover in such a way that it does not touch or damage the sensor area. The button of the device has no thick edges so dirt can’t be trapped there. The green cover is easy to remove for cleaning and the housing of the clip-on device is welded ultrasonically. Because this is an automated process it’s not only cost-effective (saves manpower) but also makes mass production possible.
- The charging station
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Bike Republic’s next strategic stepsBike Republic (formerly known as Fiets!) is one of Belgium’s best known bicycle retail chains. The company originally targeted people who were looking for pure biking fun as well as bike repair services. Now, the company wants to move forward as a seasoned specialist who reliably accompanies cyclers on their journeys. All they have to do is enjoy their ride. With the help of our brand strategists Bike Republic became a true ‘compagnon de route’ for its customers.
Strategy first: a strong focus on exciting people for cycling
After cooperating closely with our clients, we developed a new brand strategy and identity for Bike Republic that has a strong and dynamic focus on their brand promise: to enthuse people for cycling.
'Bike' represents the core product of the brand. 'Republic' stands for togetherness and represents the community that unites the cycling experience and its related pleasure.
The brand promise translated in a new visual identityThe new logo is the visual translation of the brand identity. The combination of the two fonts in the wordmark creates a harmonious mix between emotion and ratio. It gives the logo both a mature and human appearance. The brand symbol (the Velox), especially created for this identity, provides dynamism and advances communication. The name is a nod to ‘velo’, but also to speed. The Velox is the primary graphic element of our design language. It gives direction in a positive way and implies freedom of movement. Not only directional, but also in its implementation.
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New Bednet hardware required new cradleWhen children are not able to go to school for a longer period (e.g. due to sickness), Bednet enables them to connect with their class through a secure one-on-one connection. The recently updated hardware, required a new cradle that was easy to produce in a very short development time.
Less is moreThe smart combination of chromebook, keyboard, ambient microphone and rotational camera makes the operation very simple for the schools' ICT-coordinator. The complete setup including the cradle weighs only 7kg, making it easy to carry the setup around school.
Fast production process: choosing the right techniquesDue to the very tight deadline, we chose production techniques that don't require tooling (wood, sheet metal and 3d-printing). This allowed us to produce a first batch of 1000 devices in only 6 weeks, just in time for the new school year.
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Design a suitcase for the next generation travelerSamsonite, the world leader in luggage products, and Achilles Design worked together on this innovation project. This collaboration boosted the company's continuous research of conceptual product solutions for the next generation traveler. Together we further developed and styled this new design, resulting in the Ibon suitcase.
The Ibon is the end result of a forward- thinking design effort between Samsonite and Achilles Design with a strong focus on usability and convenience. The suitcase is a newtype of luggage designed from the inside out, and built around stacks of clothing. It is tailored to the trend of slow travel, where the journey is just as important as the destination.
Suitcase with first-of-its-kind featuresThe biggest and most distinctive features of Ibon are the transversal split and the central one-point closure system. These two features result in a fast and easy access while traveling. With numerous first-of-its-kind features, the Ibon creates new packing and travel routines:
- The transversal split is a true space saver when opening the suitcase and doesn’t compromise on interior capacity. The telescopic handle is integrated in the hinge, and is not in the way when packing.
- The central one-point closure system allows for fast and easy access, moving away from multiple latches and long zipper paths. The built-in TSA lock features a latching mechanism to close the suitcase in one swift motion.
- The patented interior compression system ensures a secure luggage retention on both sides of the suitcase. It also creates additional packing capacity, compared to traditional systems.
- The central interior carry handle offers mobility during packing, allowing you to carry the opened suitcase from one room to the other, even through narrow doorways.
- Dual handles on the corners and sides allow for ergonomic movement of the suitcase: walking up or down the stairs, lifting into a car boot, opening and closing.
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FIBA and the need for innovation in basketball
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) governs the game of basketball worldwide. FIBA has the mission to increase the importance of this beautiful game. To do so, the federation understands that it’s key to continuously innovate basketball. To strengthen the business of basketball, we must think of new value propositions for basketball equipment, innovative business models and service designs.
Collaborations with members of the FIBA network is critical to boost the value of basketball. That’s why FIBA wants these venue suppliers and manufacturers of basketball equipment to be inspired. They must feel empowered to work on innovative basketball products and services. Enter Achilles Design. FIBA asked our innovation consultant (Per Mans) as a public speaker to inspire and guide the members of this partner network.
The focus of our talk had to be on persuading and onboarding the FIBA network. We had to make these companies enthusiastic about the many possibilities to innovate their own product designs, their service designs and their business models.
Getting the FIBA audience on board
First we had to understand our audience. We’re talking about hundreds of companies from around the globe, coming together for a virtual innovation event. Many companies are also competitors from one another. That means they would not be as open as we’d like to share thoughts and innovative ideas. So we were challenged to keep our audience engaged with very few interactions - just a few live polls during our talk.
We started off with a high-energy video on sports innovation trends that we’ve created to shake up our audience. Only then we started the actual presentation. In our slides we could have just summed up and illustrated the many innovation opportunities for basketballs, flooring, hoops, fan engagement, training wearables ... But that would become boring fast. Bye bye innovation appetite.
To keep our diverse audience engaged we told the story of a fictional character named Emma. Using design thinking and storytelling techniques, we follow her from a very young age, through her entire basketball career until she retires from playing and adopts supporting and management roles. In all chapters of her life she approaches the game differently, with new user needs and desires. Each chapter allowed us to talk about different value propositions and innovation areas to consider. This format proved to be extremely engaging and empowering to our audience.
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Blending desireability with performanceWith Åska, Filip Dehing briefed us with 2 challenges: First, create a high end full suspension speed pedelec with knobby tires that could handle the rougher terrain. A more rowdy speed pedelec that inspires you to turn your daily commute into a micro adventure. Second, we were challenged to construct this capable bicycle frame completely out of sheet metal instead of the traditional tubing, in order for it to be manufactured outside the realm of the bicycle industry.
BrauzzThe young entrepreneurs of Brauzz. share a common passion for environment and efficiency. They came up with a solution to tackle plastic waste in the household sector. By replacing single-use cleaning product packaging with reusable bottles and refills, Brauzz. contributes to a sustainable way of cleaning.
Turn this abstract idea of 'our brand' into something more tactileThe client already came up with the brand name. Achilles initiated a brand sprint in order turn the abstract idea of “our brand” into something more tactile and developped different impressions of what the Brauzz brand identity could look like.
Sparkling sensationThe look & feel of Brauzz. is transparent and honest, but aims to surpass the usual eco-friendly branding.
LogoThe Brauzz. logo refers to the sparkling sensation the user experiences when mixing soap powder with water. Inspired by nature, the colors reflect a positive, calm and refreshing feeling.
Graphic elementsBy reshuffling the elements that make up the logo, you get a playful set of clean lines, circles and dots. With this set you can endlessly create new variations of icons and patterns - recycling these elements over and over again.
PhotographyThe photography represents the sensory experience. Stylish, serene and human. Natural lights and soft colors. A sense of freedom.
Strong and elegantThe design of the bottle is elegant and distinguishes itself from other classic spray bottles. The leaf-shaped clip not only reinforces the bottle neck but also gives the spray bottle a trendy decorative look . We explored the design and tested the ergonomics of the bottle through 3D prints.
Sustainable, pure and honest – just like the Brauzz.’ brand promise.Reflecting the brand’s identity, Brauzz. uses no-nonsense recycable cardboard packaging, enhanced with playful single-color graphics and accompanied by catchy frases encouraging the consumer.
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Sturdy yet sophisticatedAbove all, Ubidata excels in reliability and functionality. We emphasised this with a design that combines a rugged and tough overall appearance, combined with elegant, sophisticated details.
Trailer-proofThe enclosure protects the delicate electronics against the tough conditions that can be expected for a device that will be mounted on containers, building equipment, trains, etc. It can be submerged for 1m (IP67), withstand an impact of 500g from 1,3m height and operate in a temperature range from -40 to +85°C. The design is such that these conditions will not affect the performance and connectivity of the device at any time. A well thought-through mold construction allows to create product variations with additional functionality, such as an integrated solar panel or external connector.
The right smart device for frontline workersAfter the successful launch of the Iristick.Z1 Smart Safety glasses, Iristick listened carefully to the needs of their customers and the needs of different industries which were not being met by their first product. Realizing that not all needs can be met with just one product they made a list of features for product innovation that resulted in the creation of the revised G1 (formerly Iristick.Z1) and the all new Iristick.H1 head-mounted smart glasses. Iristick partnered with Achilles Design and ECOM to develop this new product. ECOM's expertise is in producing products for ATEX environments (potentially explosive environments like mining and chemical industries) that make work safer and more efficient. Next to the Iristick.H1 there is also an ATEX approved version under the name VISOR-EX sold by ECOM.
The Iristick.H1 head-mounted smart glasses are designed for maximum comfort in heavy industry applications. It can be mounted on a helmet or a headband to fit different uses.
Designed for maximum wearer comfort and specific use casesThe Iristick smart glasses product portfolio is designed specifically for various professional environments like field services, manufacturing, telemedicine and logistics, where safety, comfort, ruggedness and reliability are critical. The Iristick.H1 is a balanced, lightweight and fully adjustable head-mounted device designed for maximum wearer comfort.
Multiple cameras bring the work into focusThe dual 16MP center cameras give a true view of the operator’s perspective while the zoom module with its 6x optical zoom lens is ideal for focusing on important details. Operators can keep a safe distance while sharing critical details with remote experts. Laser pointer and powerful torch light are included in the positionable zoom allowing barcode scanning even in dark environments.
Voice commands for true handsfree operationsThe 4 microphones and built in noise cancelling ensure that voice commands can be used, even in loud industrial working environments. On the side of the Zoom module there is a large touch pad to use when speaking is not suitable.
Heads up adjustable arm displayAdding visual information on the display has proven to improve process execution, training and documentation, making the Iristick.H1 ideal for complex logistics, field services, production and healthcare services. Operators can walk the shop or production floor with both visual and audio queues without being burdened by additional handheld devices.
These new wearables are also saving lives in the health industryWhile the robust and durable design of the Iristick.H1 can survive the toughest working environments, it is equally suited for use in the operating room. Whether consulting with other experts during a complex procedure or taking students through a routine operation, the Iristick.H1 is becoming an indispensable tool for front line medical experts.
New range of folding arm blinds
A new technical design of 7 product systems (folding arm, Tucan, Cadiz, Praia, Lux, Roxy and Duo store systems). With the same simplicity, flexibility and quality as you can expect from Harol products.
We established a strong brand identity by creating a formal link between the different products of the complete range based on the design language previously developed by Achilles for Harol products.
Rather than develop each product in isolation, Achilles took an integrated approach with Harol to develop a completely new range of folding arm shades – in line with HAROL's core values.
This resulted in a process starting from the focusing of the strategic position in the market via new systems and conceptual challenges to the complete technical detailing of all components within this extensive product range.
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A new hotel experienceAn ever-rising number of people is travelling. At the same time, the needs of travelers are changing. Traditional hotel concepts focused on intensive personal service and comfort are complemented by alternative hospitality concepts. Digital technology can replace transactional administrative processes while ensuring that the service and comfort level is not compromised towards the customer.
Testing and prototyping (for check-in and hand palm scans)We performed user tests to analyse the intuitiveness of the technology interfaces. In our design, we had to ensure that customer interaction with these interfaces didn’t feel too “technological” and were sufficiently intuitive. A minimal interaction (the guest holds his/her hand palm in front of the palm scanner), a very straightforward way of working, and a guaranteed low failure rate. Using a palm vein access system covers these two criteria perfectly: everyone has a unique palm vein pattern in each hand, which guarantees both safety and ease of use.
How do we get visitors talking about Flanders' finest industries?Toerisme Vlaanderen and AIR approached Achilles Design to help them create a unique fair experience abroad, that would help in getting professional interest in Flanders' industries. We took on the challenge of developing the experience concept, technical development, production and installation in less than 6 weeks.
Enjoying a custom, high-tech beer that is brewed with an ingredient that has its roots in each industry? An aroma-therapy room with scents from Flanders? Or why don't we make a fictional, artful encyclopedia that explains Flanders in a completely idiosyncratic way, a "Codex Flandrianus"?
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Help people to focus on their breathingResearch has proven that personalised breathing exercises can improve the wellbeing of people with stress, anxiety, panic attacks or sleeping problems. Moonbird asked us to develop a handheld device that will guide the user through their breathing exercises by providing tactile feedback.
In close co-operation with moonbird, Achilles took care of the complete product design process. From product ideation, styling, mechanical design, prototyping and engineering to industrialisation and sourcing of the first batch of products. Achilles also helped to create the moonbird brand and its visual identity.