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Brief Published: 30 Jan 2015

RCA Work in Progress 2015

Jakub Pollág

Eco-friendly yachts, desktop motivators and 3D-printed passwords were among the standout concepts presented by design students this week at the Royal College of Art's Work in Progress exhibition in London.

  • Desktop Motivators: Big (Small) Brother is a concept for a USB-powered desktop activity tracker that offers advice on how to improve a user's life. Designed by Jakub Pollág, it combines activity data from a smartphone with contextual information such as weather or news to provide intuitive advice. For more on tech companions, see Beyond Wearables, part of our Post-Digital Macro Trend.

  • Bespoke Security: Working in collaboration with US 3D-printing firm Form Labs, students are exploring how specialised, small-scale manufacturing opens up new opportunities for personalised security. Ideas range from unpickable locks to bespoke objects that replace online passwords. For more on this topic, read Super Security.

  • Eco-Luxe Transport: "What would the cars of the affluent be like if sustainability truly became a paramount value?" asked Alex Fernandez, a student on the Vehicle Design course. From eco-friendly super-yachts to solar-powered city sports cars, young designers are reinventing luxury travel for a future when style and sustainability are equally important. See the Automotive report from this year's International CES for more luxury mobility concepts.

The students will unveil their finished projects in June. In the meantime, take a look at the standout concepts from last year's design graduates.