Affordable earthquake warning system

About Terra

Millions of people live in areas where the probability of earthquakes is part of their daily life. About 90 % of the world’s earthquakes occur along the basin of the Pacific Ocean, the so-called ring of fire. A continuous series of tectonic plate movements trigger 100.000 perceptible earthquakes per year. About 100 of them cause damage.
Especially poor regions, where the infrastructure is not well prepared, are most vulnerable to these natural disasters.
In order to ensure user needs were at the center of our work, we interviewed several people from countries along the ring of fire, gathering insights about how they deal with earthquakes, their feelings and wishes in such cases, and what could help them manage these extreme situations. One common recurring issue among the different problems mentioned was that lack of information can cause constant subliminal insecurity, panic or in the worst case, fatal decisions. These findings are the foundation for our concept “Terra,” a device that increases awareness and reduces panic in countries vulnerable to earthquakes. Unfortunately many people living in these regions lack significant financial resources, so the second major goal with “Terra” was to make it available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Leveraging sound design supported by light patterns, we created an impactful device whose physical shape is simply designed to blend into the user’s home. Thanks to “Terra,” valuable time can be saved in emergency situations, when every second counts. Additionally, to avoid unnecessary panic, “Terra” will also inform users in case of nondestructive incoming earthquakes. “Terra” is the companion that seamlessly blends into users’ homes, providing them with information, guidance and reassurance, enhancing their sense of security.


Ferdinand Aichriedler

Since 2018 Umea University Advanced Product Design, Umea, Sweden
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2014 - 2017 Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Design, FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria
2016 Designaffairs Shanghai. Industrial Design internship Shanghai, China
2017 Tongji University Shanghai exchange Product Service System Design,
nonobject Industrial Design internship Palo Alto, USA
2018 Designaffairs Shanghai, Industrial Design internship Shanghai, China
2018 - 2020 Umea University Advanced Product Design, Umea, Sweden

Manuel Hess

Since 2018 NVGTR Designer Munich, Germany
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2012 PROFORM DESIGN product design internship Winnenden, Germany
2014 F/P DESIGN product design internship Munich, Germany
2015 ERASMUS exchange student industrial design University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
2015 - 16 VOLKSWAGEN DESIGN product design internship Wolfsburg, Germany
2012 - 2016 BA PRODUCT DESIGN University of Applied Sciences, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
2016 - 2017 HUGE DESIGN industrial design internship San Francisco, USA
2017 - 2018, 2019 - 2020 MFA ADVANCED PRODUCT DESIGN Umeå Institute of Design Umeå, Sweden
2018 - 2019 NVGTR Designer Munich, Germany

Contact: manuelhess0@gmail.com

Patrick Krassnitzer

Since 2017 MA Advanced Product Design at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå, Sweden
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2014 Internship at Schindler Creations, Lauterach, Austria
2015 Exchange semester at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
2012 - 2016 BSc Industrial Design at University of Art and Design Linz, Linz, Austria
2016 Internship at designaffairs, Erlangen, Germany
2016 - 2017 Product Designer at designaffairs, Erlangen, Germany
2017 - 2019 MA Advanced Product Design at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå, Sweden
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