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Myriad: an Open-ended Design Project
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A fascination for electronics development platforms was the starting point for this project. Brought forward from open source initiatives, these exist of modular hardware toolkits and software. This modularity allows people to use them in different configurations to support a variety of contexts and purposes. In this way it enables them to bring just about any idea to life.

There is an emerging trend on the web, where people modify or hack into products, trying to change or extends their products to fit their needs. As technology is becoming cheaper and embedded in everyday products, it allows products to become more flexible, and be more sensitive towards these trends.

My project has been an investigation in developing a method for design, which promotes modular product systems, rather than closed, fixed products. Open-ended design is an approach which supports an exploration space for end-users. Focused on laymen users, allows them to investigate what functionality and behaviour is needed for their own interests and niche purposes. The open-ended design framework was used to design Myriad: a flexible, modular camera system to complement GoPro cameras. Myriad exists of a growing library of modules, sensors and a mobile app which combined create unique camera functionality and behaviours.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
design, interaction, open-source
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92762OAI: diva2:742905
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Degree Project, Interaction Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Interaction Design
Available from: 2014-09-03 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2014-09-16Bibliographically approved

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