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: NETWORK SOCIETY

In the new theme world »NETWORK SOCIETY«, which started on August 31st, visitors can shape the world of tomorrow: In this theme world, we deal with solutions and prototypes on topics such as positioning and sensoring, audio and multimedia and health.
Stop by at JOSEPHS, we are looking forward to your visit!

Fraunhofer Working Group for Supply Chain Services SCS

Fraunhofer Working Group for Supply Chain Services SCS

Cashless supermarkets, smart fitting rooms, robots ... When believing in the current media reports, these concepts will be the future of retail. However, how do customers react to such technological developments? There have been few findings so far. Therefore, the study of the Fraunhofer SCS aims to collect the opinion of customers.
Using case studies, visitors get the chance to evaluate new retail options on this research island.



The company DaThera invites visitors to dream and relax on its wellness bed »goodn8«. In a pleasant environment they can lie down on the prototype »goodn8« and experience a deep easing through gentle movements of the first active bed. A strained back from everyday office life can recover overnight with the mellow back training of the mattress.

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Next Stop: Your Future

Are you ready for an expedition into the future? On the island of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS visitors can get a ticket to the future and explore the guiding topics »cognitive sensor technologies« and »audio and media technologies«. As explorer, they can design the workplace of a future research institute or develop ideas for products and services.

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Soccer broadcasting of the future

Not only since the last World Cup game analysis are in demand for football broadcasts. Thanks to modern technologies, sensory data can be incorporated in and around the game in real-time TV broadcast. The research department Positioning and Networks at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has already developed such technologies. Nevertheless, the question remains which data are relevant for the audience at all. At this point, the visitors’ opinions are required. On our sports island, they can try out new interactive habits of watching football games.

Versicherungskammer Bayern

Versicherungskammer Bayern

On the island of the Versicherungskammer Bayern, visitors can actively help to shape the communication with their insurance company. On the basis of case studies they make decisions that are playfully visualized. All areas of the customer relationship - from the conclusion of the contract to the payment of benefits - are addressed.

Previous theme worlds

Smart Future«

In the theme world »SMART FUTURE«, which started on June 1st 2018, visitors could shape the world of tomorrow: In this theme world, we dealt with solutions and prototypes on topics such as urban mobility, smart services and language assistance.

»Future of Work«

In the theme world »Future of Work«, starting from March 2nd until May 28th, visitors were asked how they want to work in the future. Visitors could try out new prototypes and reveal their dream work environment!


The theme world »MEGATRENDS«, which ran from December 1st 2017 until February 27th 2018, was all about experiencing new prototypes, products and ideas regarding the mega trends sustainability, human machine interaction and digitisation.

»Senses in a digital World«

From September until November 2017 visitors could explore the theme world »Senses in a digital World«. This theme world was all about new technologies, concepts or procuts regarding senses in a digital world.

»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.