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Final outcome

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So now is the final project over and presented. I had a really good time demoing and showing it for people at the CIID end of year exhibition named Revolve. Also the feedback from the examiners (yes I passed) was really nice and informative. I will do a longer writeup of the the final outcome and some of my thoughts about the future with this project but for now I will only link to some pictures from the exhibition and also how the final outcome looks like.


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September 7, 2010 at 22:07

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Text for the exhibiton

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We were asked by dear Alie to write a short description of our project for the printed material at the exhibition. I felt it was actually a really good exercise since it forced me to write down my thoughts in 350 words which helped me focus better. The pictures that goes with it I’m not 100% happy with but they are as good as it goes when I dont have the final prototype shells done but just having it laying in lumps of electronics at my desk.

Name of project: Traces of Touch

Tagline: A modular library of interactions for fast tangible exploration.

We are increasingly starting to see new ways of interacting with physical devices in our everyday life. Different kinds of sensors sensing its enviroment such as light, sliding movement, tilt and much more is becoming ubiquitous. This enables not only new and interesting possibilites for designers but also new exciting experiences for users. The problem is that because of the abundance of options of different input models to choose from, it is getting harder to make an informed choice of what to use. What kind of different emotions, feelings, mental mappings and metaphors does controlling a lamp with a slider versus a wheel support? Or maybe flipping it upside down to turn it off is the best option? How “clicky” should the button be to fit starting a song on a music device? All of these are commonly asked questions that take time and money to explore with existing physical prototyping platforms.

Traces of Touch addresses this by offering a modular system of inputs and outputs that enables fast iteration of different combinations and mappings, and explores how it changes the experience with the product in question. By connecting the input, the output directly identifies what kind of interactions is possible and configures itself accordingly. The protocol for creating new inputs and outputs is also openly available for manufactures to create their own modules fitting into the system enabling a growing echosystem of compatible devices.

This creates the opportunity for the designer to have a library of interactions to explore and test in different configurations along the same lines as the material libraries often used by

industrial designers. A library that can be used either in brainstorming sessions to trigger and prototype new ideas or with clients to be able to speak the same language and narrow down the desired interaction faster.

Traces of Touch builds on existing projects that explore the importance of the design of switches, buttons, and handles, and takes these ideas further, creating a modular system to investigate today’s commonly available interactions in a simple and intuitive way.

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August 20, 2010 at 02:58

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Milestone 2

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So today was the time for deliverable number two in my thesis. It basically is supposed to mark the change between deskresearch and trying to define an area and start to moving into that area and do some more prototyping and more deeper research. I have framed my research as this

How can we design objects, intangible and tangible, that takes benefit of the inevitable use of the objects in a positive way? Objects that grows and adopts with the user and its use and let them get a more unique and story rich experience as they explore and interact with the objects.

If you want to read more here is the full milestone deliverable

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June 7, 2010 at 12:55

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Hello and welcome to this blog. The idea is that I will share my findings and progress during my thesis at Copenhagen institute of interaction design (CIID) which will start now and  hopefully end in late August. My goal is to try to have a explorative process which should involve users as much as possible. I will also lean on my knowledge in physical prototyping to conduct some test and in the end finish with something interesting.

So welcome and hope you enjoy following my journey.

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April 28, 2010 at 11:33

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