Designing tomorrow's smart products - experience with the Smart-Its platform

Holmquist, Lars Erik and Mazé, Ramia and Ljungblad, Sara (2003) Designing tomorrow's smart products - experience with the Smart-Its platform. In: Designing For User Experiences, 6-7 June 2003, San Francisco, California, USA.

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Designers will increasingly be facing the challenge of creating context-aware or ì smartî productsóeveryda y objects that have embedded computation, sensing, and communication capabilities. Smart-Its is a prototyping platform for creating such objects, that is being developed in a European Union research project. A Smart-It is a very small computer equipped with wireless communication and a set of sensors. We describe how we approached the design of future user experiences and interactions based on the Smart-Its platform. Using scenario-based methods to support collaboration within a multi-disciplinary working group, we developed innovative demonstrators of how ì smartî objects support dynamic usage situations and new interactions in a restaurant setting. A group of designers were invited to provide feedback on design aspects of prototyping with Smart-Its. We found that our prototypes and design materials stimulated creative speculation about future interactive products.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3638
Deposited By:Ramia Maze
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009
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