9 killer apps for the Apple Watch

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On Tuesday last week Apple announced the launch of its new Apple Watch to a great fanfare at their headquarters in Cupertino. Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, the new device marks a significant moment for wearable tech, as the way Apple does things tends to have a big impact on the success of a new device format. Just think how the iPhone affected smartphone sales, or what the iPad did for tablets. When Apple gets involved, it often jump-starts the category.

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Seymourpowell visits…

Paris

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Sarah Johnson, design researcher at Seymourpowell, recently visited Paris to carry out user research. Below Sarah talks about her favorite places to visit in the city.

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V&A DesignLab Project: wearable technology with Seymourpowell

‘Wearable technology is currently one of the most discussed technological advancements, however it isn’t a completely new concept, we’ve been enhancing our bodies with technology for hundreds of years. But now with the increased availability of sensors, connectivity and the miniaturisation of technology, an entirely new world of possibilities is emerging – further merging man and machine.’ Jakob Kisker, Design Researcher, Seymourpowell

Can wearable technology become a functioning part of everyday life? Can it be designed to work in meaningful and relevant ways to improve our lives?

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Why does the EU say vacuum cleaners shouldn’t cost the Earth?

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Last week the phrase ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ came sharply into focus with a new European Commission law from September 1st banning vacuum cleaners over 1600W. The regulations will become even more severe from 2017 when 900W will become the maximum motor output for any vacuum cleaner sold in Europe. The EU’s directive is an energy-saving measure and is accompanied by the introduction of a new A to G rating, just like the ones currently given to white goods like fridges and washing machines.

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Seymourpowell is looking to hire a New Business Manager

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Seymourpowell is a Design and Innovation Consultancy. Our clients are blue-chip consumer product and FMCG brands across a broad range of sectors and industries including food and drink, beauty and personal care, domestic/household appliances, transportation, consumer electronics, and telecoms. With a strong consumer research, market trends and forecasting offer and a deep heritage in product design, we are committed to developing game changing  consumer solutions.

The office is located in Southfields in a newly refurbished listed building.

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Seymourpowell is hiring a User Experience Designer

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Seymourpowell is one of the world’s leading design and innovation companies. Founded in 1984, our London-based group of award winning designers have produced some of the ‘milestone’ products of the last two decades. We have a unique holistic approach to design and innovation, which combines in depth experience and up to date intelligence about people, markets and businesses.

Our breath of experience and diversity enables us to create branded experiences for our clients, ranging from conceptual automotive projects, to consumer electronics, appliances, and digital interfaces; all for world class household brands.

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Seymourpowell visits…

Moscow

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Sarah Johnson, designer researcher at Seymourpowell, recently visited Moscow as part of a research project. Below Sarah talks about her favourite finds in the Russian Capital.

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Seymourpowell have moved!

After 12 years at Lillie Road, Fulham, Seymourpowell have moved to a bigger and better building, in which we are all housed under one roof, in Southfields SW18.

Due to continued business growth we have outgrown our current offices and the new building provides more space and a better environment for our team.

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Flex wins funding in Future Railway competition

Seymourpowell’s seat layout system, Flex, has been shortlisted in a competition to find innovative design solutions to improve future rolling stock for the UK rail network.

Seymourpowell are one of the ten entries, out of forty-eight, to be chosen. The competition is run by Future Railway, along with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Hot Air Club: Automation and its social challenges

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On the 4th of October 2013 The Basic Income Initiative of Switzerland submitted 126,000 signatures in favour of their initiative to trigger a referendum. Supporters celebrated by dumping eight million five-cent coins outside the parliament building, one for every Swiss citizen.

Each month, Seymourpowell hosts a Hot Air club where we openly discuss current topics and issues that affect and influence our work and the world. In the last forum, we discussed the effects of automation on society and what it means to our lives. The question arose; how will humans make a living in a world where robots do physical labour and computers do mental tasks?

One approach that was discussed at length was the idea of an unconditional basic income (UBI).

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