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Nest Mobile

Category:  Industrial Design, DFM

Time:  2022 Summer, 14 weeks

Role: Industrial designer 



This is my capstone project. I am interested in the tech of Google ATAP & Google X. Also, I firmly believe that when level-5 autonomous driving becomes a new normal, it will fundamentally change the way we work and live. The result is a computer as a room on wheels. It can also be used as a product showcase room for Google Nest in 2030 (project has no affiliation with the brand)

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01. Making compact space bigger + more comfortable

02. Maintaining a better work-and-life balance

03. Advertising Google products in an innovative way



The interior design & layout of existing van designs force people to get used to living in a compact and DIY space. Most people have hard time transition from van life to normal life, or reverse sequence. 

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Solution : lofted layout + versatile space

Inspired by the layout & space saving solutions created by people who live in the small apartment in Tokyo and Newyork, I decided to bring the lofted layout to the autonomous van. What is more, it has an expandable roof.

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Balcony: versatile work space + lounge area 

(explained in details in the next challenge)

Nest: Smart kitchen + dressing room

+ restroom + storage + Lofted bed 

Design to make the space

feels bigger + more comfortable 

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Lofted queen size bed

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Expandable roof with solar panel 

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One of the biggest challenges of working from home or working remotely is to have a good work-and-life balance. Due to the lack of effective self-management tool in the market, the line between work and relax is blurred.


Solution: Van life + Computer as a room with AI assistant 

Van life lifestyle help people to embrace nature better and enjoy life more. Level 5 autonomous driving helps to elevate the experience. AI serves as a personal assistant to keep you on your schedule. The "balcony" part of the room is transformational to offer you smooth transition from work to relax or from relax to work.

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I took the challenge to finish both exterior, interior and experience design in 12 weeks. And I am now working hard on completing the storytelling.


Here is a link to the project overview 

Click here 

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