“When we met we quickly realised that we were passionate about the same things. It occurred to us that it would be fascinating to work together and develop an idea that was already germinating in our minds about something that will change the world.”
Two Finnish men who are passionate about innovations, Teppei Morimoto and Antti Markkula, travelled to Paris in the spring of 2013, quite unknown to each other, to present their internationally prize-winning quality innovations.
“When we met we quickly realised that we were passionate about the same things. It occurred to us that it would be fascinating to work together and develop an idea that was already germinating in our minds about something that will change the world,” says Markkula, CEO of Absolute Module.
Morimoto was the one to take the next step. In 2014, he invited Markkula and his wife on a trip to Italy. Sitting together in the beautiful landscape of Lake Garda, the idea of Absolute Module was born: a company that would transfer electric current from cables to structures.
“This is an international innovation with global demand. It will generate truly large business,” says Morimoto, the principal designer of the idea.
“The innovation is made possible by a totally new technology which we have been able to protect thanks to extremely extensive key patents. This is the pioneering factor that will set us apart from the competition,” says CEO Markkula.
Patent for conducting electricity
The two innovators have three years of intensive development work behind them, and the smart modular furniture solution is ready for the next step. The innovation has already been patented in Finland, and national patent applications have been submitted within the European Union and all other strategic countries that are considered important for business.
“We have patented our method of creating wireless offices in order to protect it. With it, operating voltage can be brought to devices almost limitlessly, directly from the structures,” Markkula explains.
He describes the innovation as lego blocks for adults, with electricity flowing safely inside them. In principle, these blocks can be used to build almost anything: smart offices, virtual school environments and walls or room dividers that make electricity available almost without restriction anywhere on the surface of the structure.
The innovation will enter the market in the products of large, well-known businesses. When the structure or piece of furniture has a label that says “More with…” the user will know they are dealing with something a touch smarter. At the moment, product development is at the prototype phase, and according to Morimoto, the principal designer, things are progressing excellently.
“Every company we have presented our idea to has been very interested in it and we have opened a lot of doors in Finland. In 2018, we want to make sure our prospects of going international are good,” CEO Markkula envisages.