Our 6 Favorite Examples of German Engineering

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1. The ICAROS by HYVE

Sticker Price – 8000 Euros
My WTP –
$250
R/E Ration Р.4 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation¬† Score –
77  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating – 1.2 (out of 5)
American Version –
Peloton

The ICAROS is a VR enabled flying workout machine developed by HYVE.¬† Featured in my previous post, the ICAROS creates a rush of adrenaline and high expectations upon first glance. The design looks as though a one-person-seesaw procreated with an iPhone to create a sexy monster of a workout machine. In reality, however, it’s a good workout that engages the core and stretches the lower back, but the VR is lackluster with low resolution video and simple game play (fly through rings) mechanics. I experienced a little of the VR spins/dizziness, but I think it is something I would get used to if I used everyday. Overall, the ICAROS is a bit of a hype beast that would likely collect dust in your home and best belongs in an equinox or other overpriced gym.

2. The Paradise Cleanseat Power by CWS-boco

Sticker Price Р1770.36 Euros
My WTP – $2,177.54
R/E Ratio Р1.8 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation Score Р90  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating Р3.6 (out of 5)
American Version –¬†Dirty Toilet Seat

There are some products in life that you never knew you needed, but after one taste of that sweet nectar, you now struggle to live life without it. Meet the Paradise Cleanseat Power by CWS-boco, a self cleaning toilet seat. CWS is a Swiss company, but boco began as a laundry service by Bernhard Burmeister in Hamburg, Germany in 1899. 109 years of cleaning craftsmanship has culminated into the eloquence of design and practicality that is the Paradise Cleanseat Power.

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3. The Mark by Proglove

Sticker Price Р850 Euros (scanner) + 8.50 Euros (gloves)
My WTP – $10
R/E Ratio – 1.3 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation Score Р55  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating – 4.5 (out of 5)
American Version – Wait…there’s manufacturing in the U.S.?

Imagine the glove that Spiderman uses to shoot web, but instead of using web to fight crime, it uses a bar code scanner to shave 3 seconds off installing a part into a BMW! The Mark by Proglove and all of Proglove’s products are named after ex boyfriends and girlfriends of the team as a way to remind everyone that sometimes you have to let a good thing go to get to something better (this is 100% true). While not the most exciting of innovations, the Mark gets the job done as manufacturers see the return on investment within 3 months of having workers switch to its part scanning solution over traditional bar code scanners.

4. Tilt Turn by Veka

Sticker Price – Call for price a.k.a. Super Expensive
My WTP – $1200 (for 3 windows)
R/E Ratio – 2.1 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation Score Р82  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating – 4.9 (out of 5)
American Version –¬†That window that barely opens in NYC

The simple and blissful experience of using the Tilt Turn window by Zeka is unmatched by anything found in the states. The sensation one feels as your hand grasps the handle and gracefully tilts…and dare I say…turns the window, is just glorious nirvana. Well actually its more of a turn then tilt, but we’ll let that slide because it is such a great example of German engineering. I’m not the only weirdo who loves this window – check out an entire Tilt & Turn podcast by 99% Invisible. Nothing more can be said about this amazing product, well done Veka…well done!

5. Speed S +Plus Self Service Podium by Zumex

Sticker Price Р7290 Euros
My WTP – It is worth mortgaging your house or selling 2 Hamilton tickets
R/E Ratio – 10.0 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation Score Р100  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating – 5 (out of 5)
American Version –¬†Sunny Delight (As in everything else tastes like sunny d in comparison after you try this)

Ok so we are cheating a little with this one, but that is just how much the entire Innovation Aus Deutschland class loved this thing. The Speed S +Plus Self Service Podium by Zumex is a Spanish made orange juicing machine…there I said it. But alas, we found a loophole! Siemens (As German a company as possible) makes the PLM Software Solid Edge that enables Zumex to create better products through¬†3D design, simulation, manufacturing, data management and more! And lets face it, there’s nothing more German than creating the thing inside the thing that builds the thing. Please watch the above video to see why we love this juicer so much!

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6. Narrow Band Iot Device by IoT Venture

Sticker Price – It’s a¬†Protype so free?
My WTP – The price of a fitbit
R/E Ratio – 1.0 (Reality/Expectations)
Innovation Score Р77  (out of 100)
Practicality Rating – 3.2 (out of 5)
American Version –¬†Find my iPhone

Did you know that 30% of all bikes in Berlin are stolen and only 5% are found? To be honest, I didn’t fact check this, but that is the claim of IoT Venture, a Berlin startup that is a member of the startup community¬†Factory. IoT Venture uses new narrow band technology to build tracking devices that have longer battery life, better security, and deeper indoor penetration for more accurate tracking than the current solutions. The company is currently in a prototype phase, but hopes to help solve Berlins bike crisis when it launches. Although many were tempted to take the prototype as a souvenir, we were quickly informed that they would be able to track us down (which I thought would be the greatest product demo ever).

-Chris Russell ’18

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