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Team Futulift (2017-18)

Our mission is to develop an elevator car that can be installed by a robot, as well as develop the robot to do this task. This project is all about futuristic technology and making a case study of robotic-centric product design. If the product is designed to be assembled by a robot, the parts can be compiled together in a way that is not possible for a human. Also with a robot for example the mass of different parts and ergonomy while assembling are not an issue.

The project is sponsored by Kone Oyj. We have a talented international team in which six members work in Helsinki and five members in Munich. Our strength is in mechatronics, but we also have for example a business shark, a designer, a computer wizard and an applied mechanics guru in our team.

So far we have done our PD6 prototype, played with Arduinos and Lego Mindstorms, brainstormed ideas for both the elevator car and the robot, made schedules and rules for the project, and bonded as a team. In May we will have finished prototypes of both the elevator car and the robot.

This is still a very early stage of the project, so stay tuned –This page will be further updated when the project proceeds. If you have any questions or comments about this project, please contact us: futulift@gmail.com

Team Dragonfly

With the fast-paced development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drones, the urban commute and transportation are changing rapidly. Nowadays, Drones are capable of making deliveries and believed to be part of our everyday life in near future. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE understands flow of people in buildings and surrounding environment are subjected to such changes.
Our mission is to create an automated drone that can use elevator independently and take part in the flow of people safely and reliably. In the project, newest technological applications and challenges such as precision indoor navigation, cloud computing-based communication and autonomous flight control are applied.
Our Team consists of 8 members with multicultural and multidisciplinary backgrounds. We have worked diligently, cooperatively and above all, we share great passion for new technology and innovation.

Konstructor (2014-15)

Constructing tall buildings is extremely challenging – need of transporting materials, equipment and workers is enormous and vertical distances are very long. As a building gets higher, problems related to people and material flow tend to multiply.  Thus, efficient ways to transport assets vertically on construction sites are becoming increasingly important in our rapidly urbanizing world.

KONE already offers unique solutions for vertical transportation on construction sites, but there is a strong consensus that more could be done – this is where we come in.

Sponsored by: KONE


Loupe (2013-14)

An elevator is an essential tool in our daily lives that we fail to notice until they do not work as desired. The most common reason behind the elevator failures is the lack of maintenance, especially concerning the lubrication of the elevator ropes.
To solve this problem, Loupe has designed a solution to measure the level of lubrication in the ropes. By using optics, the lubrication level can be automatically, regularly and remotely monitored.
An evaluation of the current state of lubrication and maintenance need is provided to the service operator in a timely manner.

This means better and safer elevators, while lowering time and cost spent on maintenance.

Sponsored by: KONE

Final Presentation: Team Loupe 2014

Konect (2012-13)

Team Konect strives to discover new, innovative and effective ways to enhance KONE corporation’s People Flow® inside a building with the aid of Microsoft Kinect. People Flow®  is  KONE corporation’s concept meaning people moving smoothly, safely, comfortably, and without waiting in and between buildings.  Microsoft Kinect is motion sensing input device for the Xbox game console and PC.

Our team will come out with innovative prototype of elevator which is controlled by Kinect device to show the possible improvements for People Flow®.  Our team consists 11 individuals with backgrounds in engineering, design and business and will to achieve the best People Flow® experience.

Sponsored by Kone

Innovator (2011-12)

The objective of Innovator project team is to use a touch screens to create a pleasant experience to the passengers in an elevator. An elevator ride can last from 10 to 60 seconds and usually the time is spent in silence. We have noticed that even simple (yet meaningful) factors can improve this experience. There are currently no innovative touch screen solutions that provide a better customer experience during the elevator ride.

Our team was brought together to enhance the “people flow” experience and create a solution for the millions of people in the world who ride elevators every day.

Sponsored by KONE