LIFER

YEAR: 2015
PROFESSOR: MICHAEL MEREDITH
TEAM: ANDREW MACMILLAN
LOCATION: PRINCETON SOA


LIFER IS THE PERFECT HOME FOR THE DIGITAL NOMAD DISSOLVING THE NEED FOR THE MORE TRIVIAL ASPECTS OF ONE’S LIFE; A FIXED ADDRESS, AND A FIXED WORKPLACE.

 The users of Lifer are free to come and go from Lifer as they please, paying only for the time they use. Freed from traditional roles of home ownership, the costs of maintenance, and office politics, Lifers are free to live, and work on their own terms.

Lifer is the proposed application environment for a new lifestyle platform, slated to begin in 2016.

Lifer will see expansion to other markets, beginning with New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco in late 2017. Once new markets are developed, users will be able to switch between cities, providing even greater freedom for users.

 

The Lifer app allows for three modes of use, “Creation, Consumption, and Restoration”. Users log-in, build a profile, set-up payment, then are able to select a mode/ring. In each mode, users will be able to select a beginning and end time for usage of the mode. The system will automatically assign the user a free room/desk/pad, and the user will be free to use that space for the time they have booked it. Each room currently costs $2/hour in order to stay competitive with other services. Surge pricing, which is in effect for all peak periods, helps to increase monetization of the user, while helping to level out usage amongst the population. Users are able to see how many hours they’ve logged in each area, and are able to connect with other users who are logged into Lifer through Facebook integration.



The Lifer audience is millennial, born between 1980 and 2000. They tend to be civic minded, confident, tolerant, and entitled. They are detached from traditional institutions and are networked with friends. They measure success through online social platforms, and change jobs frequently in order to achieve versatility, flexibility, and convenience. They are largely unmarried, sleep with their cellphones and prefer careers which engender freedom through entrepreneurialism and design. These potential users are already habitually using their phones, and their own lives exhibit a blending of the virtual and the real, through applications, digital careers, and disruption of traditional experiences through apps such as Tinder, Airbnb, Seamless, and others.



By reducing the life of an average user in the target audience to four categories, Restoration (sleeping), Production, consumption, and Off-time, we can start to monetize their hourly lives in a deeper way than possible with existing applications. Lifer provides a space for activity for the users. A setting for the living out of their lives, with near unlimited flexibility, convenience.


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The Torus is the home of Lifers. Built similarly to a modern airliner (see; Boeing Dreamliner 787), the Torus utilizes a carbon composite body, and is constructed using robotics. The Torus is made up of three main concentric rings, with an additional ring dedicated to services. The first ring (most interior) is where content creation by Lifers occurs. This ring contains 70 hot-desk spaces which all face the interior courtyard, the wall adjacent to the courtyard is glazed to face an inspiring lawn. These hot-desk spaces are rentable at the hourly rate. The second ring is where content consumption occurs. This ring is made up of 90 private rooms, which can be utilized by up to two individual users. These rooms are rentable by the hour, and are designated for the consumption of all content, which includes anything which can retrieved via another application such as, but not limited to, a meal subscription/meal delivery service (Seamless, Grubhub, Plated, etc), a content subscription service (Hulu, 

 Netflix, etc), a gaming service (Steam, Playstation Store, etc) or a dating/hookup service (Tinder, Grindr, etc).The third ring is where user restoration occurs. This ring is made up of 60 sleeping pads in an undivided ring. These sleeping pads maintain their own microclimate via thermodynamics and visibility between pads is obscured using fog, both controlled by the Lifer app. The exterior wall, which the restoration ring is adjacent is lined with a continuous screen which provides scenic views, voted on daily by the users. The services ring of the Torus, lies between the second and third and provides a hallway for Lifer employees* to shuttle goods from the warehouse to the private rooms, or for janitorial service. Washing and bathing areas are also found in this area, where the services hallway passes through the public halls. The internal courtyard provides a space for social interaction.



Lifer will see expansion to other markets, beginning with New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco in late 2017. Once new markets are developed, users will be able to switch between cities, providing even greater freedom for users.

Those who use the app are referred to as Lifers.