With its unique form, Harmony is designed to help overcome the current limits of electric scooters.
Despite the rapid growth of personal mobility that allows faster and greener short-distance rides, users still encounter multiple safety and usability challenges daily - especially while riding, carrying, and storing it. How can we solve these problems with a simple yet versatile solution?
Harmony's leg-like structure projects guiding lights, preventing sudden accidents by allowing users to stay alert while keeping their eyes on the road. The same form also allows vertical self-standing, providing effortless portability and making storage and charging more space-efficient and indoor-friendly than current solutions.
With its features and an approachable design, Harmony aims to seamlessly become a part of our urban lifestyle and enhance the personal mobility experience.
The design of Harmony focuses on providing a clear and all-round solution to the user journey of personal mobility.
Current experiences like sudden accidents, bad portability, or messy charging create concerns around safety and daily usability. Inspired by safety-oriented automotive technology, Harmony's projection light guides and warns the rider based on the surroundings detected by the front camera. Without having to look down at their phone or screen - which is one of the current main causes of crashes, users can get crucial information while keeping their eyes on the road. Assisted with the connected app that allows you to set routes, the users can also get guidance in navigation through the city.
Not just the riding experience, but also the portability plays a crucial part in micro-mobility. Especially in first/last mile travel situations - e.g., waiting for a train, self-standing allows a hands-free carrying solution. Users no longer have to lift or drag the entire scooter, therefore making it effortless and burden-free.
On top of that, using the same vertical form, storage and charging become safer and more space-efficient. Without having to pull in and out the chords like current solutions, users can simply place the back of the scooter on a wall-mounted charger, making it more intuitive and interior-friendly.
The clean yet multipurpose structure of Harmony is designed to create a holistic end-to-end journey centered around the user. Instead of aiming for a specific style or target gender, Harmony's minimalistic structure aims to propose a utilitarian form based on its key functions. As a result, its design seeks to be adaptable and blend in with a variety of users and environments.
Not only the main features but also details are considered to fit the usability. For example, the smooth and round back connection provides a better grip when folding the scooter, as well as the subtle patterns on the handles while riding. Further on, both the scooter and the wall-mounted charger are designed to have a clean design that reminds users of smart devices, which makes them suitable for storage and charging in home environments.
The process of Harmony started with a high-level search for current user experience and technology, and connecting the dots through ideas of solution through form. From larger proportion to small details, the concept development involved an end-to-end process of rough prototyping, sketching, modeling, all the way to full-scale mockup. Through collaboration and communication with engineers and makers, Harmony was brought to life with not just the frame of the design, but actual moving hinges and lights - taking the concept's feasibility one step further.
By creating an option that not only makes the journey more enjoyable and faster for riders but also has lower carbon emissions than automobiles, electric scooters can also be a much greener way of transportation. With smarter solutions such as Harmony that ensure safe rides and usability, more users will lean towards micro-mobility and feel comfortable with this new way of moving. Further on, the easy portability of Harmony could also help be a bridge with first/last mile travel, therefore allowing a wider range of the city to have easy access to other public transportation.