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JOSEPHS® - The Service Manufactory

Something new every 3 months! JOSEPHS® is a store located in the city center of Nuremberg where visitors can test and co-create new concepts, prototypes and ideas by larger and smaller companies for free, as often as you like and during  regular opening hours.
Just stop by and discover the JOSEPHS® experience!

In the service workshop right now: Senses in a digital world

Since September 1st, visitors can explore the new theme world Senses in a digital world. This theme world is all about new technologies, concepts or procuts regarding senses in a digital world. Stop by at JOSEPHS, we are looking forward to your visit!

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

By addressing digitalization the Federal Labor Office strives for increasing well-being and hence customer retention. The design of the own profile area is at the center of concern; whether pictures, Curriculum vitae, personal interests or further training aspirations– which elements are helpful when searching for a job or regarding lifelong learning? The Federal Labor Office wishes to accompany its customers during a lifetime with tailor-made information and offers.

Visitors can become creative themselves and define ideas as well as needs for a lifelong cooperation.



On the JOSEPHS®-island of Exerlights a new digital system alters the visual angle of the athlete. This system consists of controllable LED-Shirts and markings, which can change their color via App. Making use of this technology a soccer coach for example can modify team constellations dynamically by assigning players to different colors.

At JOSEPHS® visitors can test the Exerlights configurator themselves and develop new drills and applications – even outside team sports.

In this theme world, exerlights is supported by bayernkreativ - the Bavarian economic center for culture and creativity.

Island of Senses

Island of Senses

With the support of the turmdersinne JOSEPHS® displays interactive exhibits regarding the topic of perception to experience, be astonished and comprehend, to try out and co-develop. Visitors can put their senses to the test with a roller coaster ride via VR-glasses. Furthermore, different experiments of the turmdersinne and the Fraunhofer IIS, interactive games of UltraComix as well as a robot appeal to all the five senses: seeing, listening, smelling, tasting and feeling.

Cooperatives in the Digital Age

Research Project »Cooperatives in the Digital Age«

The project »Cooperatives in the Digital Age« investigates challenges and opportunities of the increasing digitization from the perspective of cooperative banks.

The JOSEPHS®-island of the project »Cooperatives in the Digital Age« focuses on the customer of the bank. In three scenarios »en route«, »bank branch«, and »at home« visitors can design in a haptic and creative way how and where they imagine banking transactions ideally.

CoDi is funded by the Ludwig-Erhard research association.


Research Project LogiPICs

The research project „LogiPICs – Logistic processes in imagery” of the university of Augsburg and the Fraunhofer working group SCS is concerned with the development of an adequate imagery making crucial warehouse operations in the logistic industry easily comprehensible and understandable across cultures even without language skills.
On the respective island, visitors can evaluate if the created pictures live up to these requirements or if there is need for improvement. The gained knowledge supplement the further development of LogiPICs. Moreover, visitors can contribute to the design of the LogiPICs logo.

Previous theme worlds

»Smart Services«

During the theme world »Smart Services« from June until August 2017 visitors could discover the wide world of services: IT-security, electric mobility, interactive displays and a digital farmers market are ideas our visitors enhanced.


From March until May 2017 visitors could explore the theme world »Media«. Here visitors could experience various products and concepts regarding the future of the media, such as apps, digital newspapers, insurance products or new websites.

»Live & Work«

From November 2016 and January 2017 our visitors could discover the theme world »Live & Work«. During this time visotors could try out new ideas, concepts and products around the topics living and working in the future.

»Human Machine Interaction«

In the theme »Human Machine Interaction« from August until October 2016 visitors could experience and try out things regarding the cohabit of machines and humans.

»Adventure & Travel«

In the theme world »Adventure & Travel«, which ran from May until July 2016, visitors could experience a hotel check-in setting, different travel booking apps, recycled bags made out of life wests and three different crowdfunding projects.

»Fitness & Safe Mobility«

From February until April 2016 our visitors could experience the theme world »Fitness & Safe Mobility«. Here visitors could test a micro-sleep alerter, configurable strollers, new fitness trends and an online platform for patients with dementia.

»SMARTer Living«

With the motto »SMARTer Living« our visitors could experience smart technologies ranging from smart home systems, smart typing methods for tablets, smart research technologies or smart learning to smart shopping from November 2015 until January 2016.

»Playful Development of Innovations«

From August until October 2015, visitors were invited to experience live robots, assess the quality of wooden board games, try out games for both older generations and for the little ones, as well as test a CityApp which was developed step by step at JOSEPHS in the theme world »Playful Development of Innovations«.

»Future Commerce«

From May 2015 until July 2015, JOSEPHS was welcoming and inviting visitors to test shopping-assistant apps, experience how advertisements individually try to address each person via emotion recognition, how to share one's wardrobe in a social network, learn the benefits and challenges of logistics and solve various tricky logistics tasks within the theme world »Future Commerce«.

»Everything about E – digital, mobile and energized«

From February until April 2015, visitors were invited to the theme world »Everything about E – digital, mobile and energized« to feel music, experience a rollercoaster ride in 3D and get to know more about electronic mobility. Our partners for this theme were DEXPER.IO, Fraunhofer IIS, HYVE and the research project CODIFeY.

»Leisure: Active and Self-made«

From October 2014 until January 2015, JOSEPHS® invited visitors to discover quite a number of new stuff: stylish crochet, DIY with the help of laser technology, newest technology for self-measuring and sports tracking and smart public games in the theme world »Leisure: Active and Self-made«.

»Around the Box«

From the beginning of August to the end of October 2014, JOSEPHS ran the theme world »Around the Box«. All visitors were invited to design, test and experience design methods and new designs, try out time-saving future concepts and to co-develop new solutions through hearing and emotion.

»Creative - Hands and Feet«

The countless opportunities to give to products and services a personal touch, characterized the first theme world »Creative - Hands and Feet« in JOSEPHS. From May to July 2014, regional as well as established Germany-wide companies presented their products and innovations.