Looking at the idea of customization for the modern city-dweller, one team of designers set out to create what they imagine is the perfect urban mobility solution for Generation Z, which they describe as "the most expressive and outspoken."
It involves NFTs (non-fungible tokens), phygital art (art that exists both in the real world and the digital one), and, perhaps most shocking of all, turning an electric scooter into a canvas for the display of this type of novel art. It sure beats buying a new sticker, that's certain!
Because this is Omni's main (and imagined) goal, there's no word on what kind of scooter it would be, nor is there of what you'd do with such a two-wheeler in a crowded city environment, where the rate of accidents and theft is high. Realistically speaking, one such Omni would probably be expensive, so you'd be left reeling if it ever got stolen. Which it probably would because it attracts attention.
But let's not let reality get in the way of dreaming.
It's cute, it's futuristic, and it's the most in terms of customization possibilities.
The idea is to turn the electric scooter into a canvas, which means that the entire body, the running board, and even the wheels can project real-time imagery to the outside world. These themes, also called Omni, can be customized on the scooter's oversized dashboard and deployed in real-time with a single touch of the screen.
The designers believe that joining the NFT market with their own creations would help riders communicate with like-minded riders, becoming a part of the community, and eventually sharing real-life experiences as well. They would indulge their creative urges while putting them to practical use in real life and potentially make money off them. They base this premise on the observation that Gen-Z-ers are perfectly capable of reconciling life in the digital realm with genuine connections in the real world.
Much like in the fashion industry, each season would wrap up with a "private show" where the top-ranked Omni would get an automatic invite. "Seasonal and themes fashion shows can be held, empowering the connection within the Omni community," the designers write. Based on published renders, we're to understand that this private show would be like a catwalk show in fashion but with e-scooters.
The Omni takes this novel artistic expression and brings it into everyday life to enrich it in several ways, if only hypothetically. It should be regarded and judged only from this perspective, as a valuable and very unique form of self-expression. Seeing how there's no chance in hell two-wheeler theft goes down in the big city, no one would risk getting a scooter as expensive as this one as a daily driver, if it ever went into production.