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  • 101.
    Rönnbäck, Sven
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Johansson, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Winter tests of a quad-bike rollover prevention system2011In: IEEE Proceeding of International Conference on Advanced Robotics, Tallin: IEEE , 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We have developed a teleoperated quad-bike to be able to test a rollover prevention system. It was equipped with onboard computers, power steering, throttle control, emergency power cutoff, an IMU module, pneumatic actuators, and mechanical retractable outriggers. An onboard computer system tracks the vehicle orientation and velocity in real time. When the vehicle is predicted to overturn the system activates functions to prevent a rollover. The functions are: - activation of retractable outriggers, - decrease the throttle for motor brake, - activation of rear wheel brakes. The system has no active steering. The system was field tested in winter conditions in mars 2010, and was able to prevent rollover situations sideways and backwards.

  • 102.
    Saletti, Liam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    PublicPhoneCharge: För möjlighet till laddning av mobiltelefon och läsplatta  i publika sammanhang.2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här rapporten presenterar processen och resultatet av mitt examesarbete i Industridesign på bachelor-nivå vid Umeå Institute of Design. Projektet har handlat om att ta fram ett koncept för att ladda mobiltelefoner i offentliga miljöer som flygplatser och tågstationer. 

    Tänk dig in i scenariot att du är på flygplatsen, ditt flyg är försenat, du har slut på batteri i mobiltelefonen, du har glömt laddaren till telefonen hemma och du är dålig på att komma ihåg telefonnummer. Du ska träffa den du älskar när flyget landar, hur ska du lyckas med detta?

    Genom att använda mig av en kreativ designprocess har jag lyckats lösa problemet för framtida användare samt tillmötesgått önskemål från min samarbetspartner. 

    Projektet genomfördes under vårterminen 2013 och resulterade i en fullskalemodell, muntlig presentation, diskussion, argumentation och den här rapporten.

  • 103.
    Sarich- Harvey, Jennifer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    A Human-Driven Supportive Framework For The Personalized Delivery of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Data2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    We currently live in an era where the cost of sequencing a part of the personal human genome is becoming increasingly accessible to the average person. This project focuses on the near future increased accessibility of the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing services. It is an investigation of how we can challenge the way we currently interact with our personal genetic data and fundamentally what it means to know this type of information.

    It explores the personal, familial an societal interactions present and said to emerge through this increased accessibility. Starting from a personal experience with DTC genetic testing this project has widened it’s scope to look at how the average person might want discover themselves from the inside out.

    This is an interaction and experience design project that is grounded in research from both the field of genetics and medicine and everyday people. It addresses questions surrounding scientific knowledge, genetic connections, fear of the unfamiliar, the amount and type of information and lack of testing support infrastructure.

    Furthermore this project is about developing a framework for the everyday user to explore their personal genome in a more personalized and supportive way, while looking at things through a relatively near future and critical lens. It also hopes to provide a place where familial and close bond connections are cherished.

  • 104.
    Sekercioglu Salim, Dogan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Handwashing station for rural Kenya2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    FACT Around 2.6 billion people worldwide lack access to adequate sanitation and hygiene. 

    WHY SHOULD WE CARE? Hand washing with soap shows the greatest reduction in diarrhea morbidity (over 40%), and can also reduce respiratory tract infection by about one third. 

    WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? Despite the cost effectiveness of hand washing with soap, and the fact that it is a relatively simple behavior, encouraging good hand washing practice remains a challenge.

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE? This project aims to spread hand hygiene in rural Kenyan households by engaging local manufacturers. In this project, World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) supported preliminary consumer research and product design work for a new affordable hand washing station.

     

  • 105.
    Sjöblom, Cindy
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Cursum stroller: Förflyttning av litet barn för rullstolsburen2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden there are 560 000 disabled people over the age of 16, half of those are in use of some kind of mobility device.

    Living with a disability means that due to injury or illness you are having trouble functioning without devices or assistance in your daily life and has a big impact on the independence of the disabled user.

    The everyday life for disabled parents with young children are different depending on the type of disability and mobility device.

    Today there is no alternative to the stroller for the disabled user who use mobility advises. This causes problems when the disabled person on there own have/want to move the child.

    The following statement have been the cornerstone for this project: How to make it possible for a wheelchair user to move a child, in the 0-2 year, for longer distances with a focus on independence and safety for both adult children?

    Due the process, of industrial design, this question and problem have been solved during 10 weeks. The process have contained parts as meeting with users, analyzing, concept development, evaluations, mock-up making, testing, shape & color development etc. This in the end have resulted in a full scale model of the appearance of a proposed product.

    The result is a stroller witch can be connected to the users specific wheelchair due two one time adjustments. The solution gives the user capability to move and steer the wheelchair and stroller at the same time. It also gives the user free space in the lap and avoid labor on the users body.

    The solution is mainly solving the problems of moving an infant, but is working as good for moving children up to two years old.

    The stroller and wheelchair creates a tandem witch have a breaking point in between the products. This makes it possible to move over smaller curbs by pulling the adjustable handle on stroller.

    The stroller can also be used separately due two extendible rear wheels. This makes it possible for a walking partner to use the same stroller and fits better for a indoor use for the disabled user.

    A product like this would give the chance to the wheelchair users to be more involved in there childs first years. It would be one step further to an independent life and hopefully bring a scoop of confidence. I see this product as one of many that could be developed and help in a disabled persons everyday life.

    By bringing this subject to the table I hope that more people become aware of this users situation and may also see the opportunities developing product and devices in this subject.

  • 106.
    Skoog, Siri
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    OCK - Trygghet på offentliga platser2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Upplevelsen av att vistas på offentliga platser i större städer är olika. De plats er som upplevs obehagliga och med oro för att utsättas för brott är inte alltid de platser där det statistiskt sätt sker flest brott. Stockholm är en av de städer som jag har tittat på och på vilka platser i storstaden som upplevs på vilket sätt.

    Risken för att utsättas för brott på offentliga platser har ökat och våldsbrott på offentliga platser står för 18 % av antalet anmälda brott och där ingår även misshandel och sexualbrott. Jag har titta närmare på hur man upplever sin trygghet i vardagen och på vilket sätt man kan hindra eller förändra de utsattas beteenden och beslut.

    Mitt arbete har lett fram till en produkt som är personbunden och har som uppgift att visa anhöriga vart man befinner sig och hur man mår för att snabbt kunna ta kontakt med någon om otryggheten ökar och förstärka upplevelsen av kontroll och trygghet. Det resulterade i ett armbandskoncept som har en tjänst kopplat i sig i form av en applikation.

  • 107.
    Soltani, Nirvana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Multi-sensory Food Design: The sensible cook2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Coking has become a popular hobby for many people. For beginners, as well as for more advanced hobbyists there are various ways to learn more about the preparation of food, cooking shows are one of them.

    However, a television show cannot adapt to each viewer’s individual speed. The world wide web is a popular resource for recipes. Because it provides the chance to reiterate a recipe and find the one that matches each individuals flavour palate. Also people can simply take their laptop with the recipe on the screen into the kitchen, it offers a fast and convenient way to have all the required information at hand.

    However, there is still no guarantee what you see on the screen would be pleasurable when cooked. The other issue is that people are concerned about using their laptop in the kitchen. It is simply not the right environment for laptop. Information in paper recipes can be ambiguous and sometimes prior experience is needed to know what exactly to do. The final result depends on a lot of parameters and can fail every time, if one is not careful. This multiplicity of things to consider can be too demanding and stressful for beginners, and thus discourages them.

    The purpose of the research is to look into different sensory decisions taken in consideration  with food choices. When talking about multisensory experiences, it is necessary to  investigate and understand the human senses to know how people perceive the world.

    In this case and about food, the two main senses are taste and smell which have received a great amount of attention. My aim for this project would be to look also into the three other senses, tactility, vision and sound, and create a new perspective on food related decisions.

    Also look into the possible ways to highlight this time of the day as a more pleasurable experience for each individual. In other words in this project I am exploring the multisensory experiences in an attempt to provide a different look on how food based decisions can be made to enhance the “experience” of eating.

  • 108.
    Stark, Richard
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Spirit of Performance - Koenigsegg Prestera2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This project show a vision for how performance could be defined by individual experiences, rather than the conventional horsepower, laptimes or engine effect. When interacting with the Prestera, it shows character and the achievement of performance is experienced in the influence and connection between man and machine, similar to that of a rider and a horse. It is a learning process to achieve a type of symbiosis that will promote stronger relationships and longer lasting values of sustainable ownership. It enhance the private vehicle experience with intuition based operation that use natural motions of mobility like tilting and weight shifting while giving the vehicle a mutual role of control. This allows the driver to experience deeper sensations without risk of accident and also show a vision of how we could interact with smart vehicles in 40 years by utilizing artificiall intelligence. The proposed result also include sustainable efficiency with a renewable energy source in compressed air that continuously recharge energy. And low friction vehicle dynamics that utilize ground effect to increase efficiency. It is a radical and active vehicle architecture to promote innovation with consciously sustainable values. The vehicle architecture actively adapts to different situations like accelerating, braking, speeding and cornering and apply different technological principles for each mode. By being versatile as a overall design, Prestera would trial innovation that could trickle down into a variety of private vehicle types for the benefit of future mainstream automotive industry.

  • 109.
    Stienstra, Jelle
    et al.
    DQI, Department of Industrial Design Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands.
    Bruns Alonso, Miguel
    DQI, Department of Industrial Design Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands.
    Wensveen, Stephan
    SPIRE, Mads Clausen Institute University of Southern Denmark.
    Kuenen, Christoffel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    How to Design for Transformation of Behavior through Interactive Materiality2012In: Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design, ACM New York, 2012, p. 21-30Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a design approach tackling the transformation of behavior through ‘interactive materiality’ from a phenomenological perspective. It builds upon the Interaction Frogger framework that couples action to reaction for intuitive mapping in intelligent product interaction. Through the discussion of two research- through-design cases, the augmented speed-skate experience and affective pen, it highlights the opportunities for design of an action-perception loop. Consequently, an approach is suggested that defines three steps to be incorporated in the design process: affirming and appreciating current behavior; designing continuous mapping for transformation; and fine-tuning sensitivities in the interactive materiality. Thereby, it discusses how behavior transformation through interactive materiality derived from a theoretical level, can contribute to design knowledge on the implementation level. The aim of this paper is to inspire design-thinking to shift from the cognitive approach of persuasion, to a meaningful and embodied mechanism respecting all human skills, by providing practical insights for designers. 

  • 110.
    Sundin, Bosse
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
    Göransdotter, MariaUmeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Mångsysslare och gränsöverskridare: 13 uppsatser i idéhistoria2008Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 111.
    Tang, Carol
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    A Means Not An End: Designing Co-creation Experience For Library Service Innovations2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Could we have a better way to innovate future library service, so that more creative ideas could be embraced and more people can get involved?

    Many libraries around the world is in search of a new position and innovating new service in order to stay relevant to their users. What if more people who care enough can join forces and be part of it?

    In this project, my goal is to design a workshop model and toolkit for library activists to initiate a co-creative experience. I hope people who experienced the creation of workshop can be confident enough to put their creativity into actions. And ultimately more library lovers can impact the way library service is developed.

    Thanks to the great support from Umeå University Library, LIme — A toolkit for library activist to create effective workshop experience, is created in form of a physical toolkit in combination with a mobile digital platform

  • 112.
    Tomar, Shivanjali
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    PROLOGUE: Health Information System2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Prologue is a health information system developed for underserved communities in Bihar, India. It is aimed at helping people living in poverty and with low literacy to take the right steps to manage their and their family’s health. Bihar suffers from one of the worst healthcare records in the country. This is as much due to the lack of access to the right information as it is due to the economic condition of the region. The inaccessibility of information is aggravated by the complex social set up in these communities, for e.g. women aren’t allowed to leave their homes and community has the strongest influence on an individual’s decision making. To make sure that right information permeates even to the most inaccessible user groups, especially women and to uplift community’s awareness as a whole, two different communication channels were designed-an interactive radio show and a public installation.

  • 113.
    Torres Tovar, Carlos Arturo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Prosthetics for kids as a social and creative tool: Empowering children to explore their strongest side throught creativity2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    IKO is a creative prosthetic system designed for children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful, social and friendly way.

    What if kids could use their imagination to create their own tools according to their own needs; doing participatory observations and interviews in Colombia of two children with congenital hand-disabilities and their families confirmed that the needs of disabled kids are not always related to physical activity but often alternatively the social and psychological aspect; what if kids could make their own prosthetics and have fun at the same time?

    Learning. Creating. Being kids.

  • 114.
    Tretow, Rasmus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Göra det lättare att dra fördel av växters hälsoegenskaper2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    "Hur kan man få människor som aldrig bryr sig om växter att kunna ha växter hemma för att dra maximal fördel av deras psykiska och fysiska hälsoeffekter?"

    Så lyder min frågeställning i detta projekt.

    Det finns studier som visar att människor som exponeras för växtlighet lever längre, mår bättre och är mindre sjukskrivna än andra. Dessutom har det visat sig att opererade patienter på sjukhus tillfrisknar snabbare med växtlighet i rummet - det räcker till och med om de kan se själva grönskan för att effekten ska visa sig. (Ulrich 1984). Dessa patienter behövde också färre injektioner av starka bedövningsmedel och hade mindre besvär efter operationen.

    Enligt Ulrich & Parsons (1992) påverkas människor till det bättre av växter, oavsett kulturell bakgrund. De har även visat att en utsikt bestående av växter kan påskynda återhämtningen efter stress.

    Förutom ovan nämnda psykiska effekter så kan växter också ge påtagliga fysiska sådana. Växtlighet renar luften från föroreningar och syresätter luften, samtidigt som den höjer luftfuktigheten. Växter fungerar väldigt olika och ger olika effekter för luftkvalitén beroende på vilken art det är. NASA har gjort studier på växters luftrenande egenskaper och det har till exempel visat sig att en vanlig växt som murgröna under 24 timmar kan rensa bort 90% av all bensen som finns i luften. (Bensen är enligt Socialstyrelsen en vanligt förekommande cancerframkallande kemikalie i inomhusmiljöer. )

    Även giftiga formaldehyder, som kan utsöndras från vanliga produkter i hemmet, rensar växter bort från luften.

    I andra försök har man också visat att irritationer i ögonen och luftvägarna blir påtagligt mycket mindre i miljöer med växter.

    Problemet är att de flesta inte kan ta hand om de växterna de har. För att ha levande växter hemma kräver det, även för de mest ihärdiga växterna, att man ger dom vatten och näring och ljus för att överleva i längden - och detta i rätt mängder vid rätt tillfällen. Många saknar antingen intresset, eller glömmer bort att ge växten det den behöver. De bryr sig helt enkelt inte tillräckligt mycket om växten även om de vill ha en hemma.

    Att ha växter hemma är ett enkelt sätt att förbättra hälsan och därför behövs en lösning som gör det lättare att kunna ha de växter man vill ha.

  • 115.
    Trulsson, Lina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Insulinpump för en aktiv livsstil2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 116.
    Vaninetti, Travis
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Volvo Trucks: A Trucker's Pride: Increasing the Quality of Life for American Long-Haul Truckers2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Volvo Trucks: A Trucker's Pride

     

    The North American trucking industry is in decline. By 2014, the United States is projected to be short 110,000 drivers (Wikipedia). The hardest hit segment is the long-haul sector, due to the difficult lifestyle of the long-haul trucker. Drivers experience long periods of time away from home, mediocre pay, and “miserable” working conditions. In order to revive the struggling industry and refresh the lifeblood of our civilization, the long-haul trucker lifestyle must be made more appealing.

    This project is a study into how to make the North American Long-Haul trucker lifestyle appealing to future trucker generations through both interior and exterior design.

     

    In-depth research found that emotional needs of American long-haul truckers are not being met.  Emotional needs are directly linked to the concept of “quality of life”. Therefore, increasing the trucker’s quality of life would help truckers meet their emotional needs and thus help revive the North American trucking industry.

    Through interviews and questionnaires, pride was determined to be the key emotional need of the American Trucker. These interviews revealed that the best method to appeal to this key emotional need was to rethink the exterior form. It was decided that a design sculpture should be used to illustrate the concept of emotionally appealing transportation.

    For the interior design, research showed that a trucker’s fundamental human needs were not being met aboard the truck. Expanding the living space on-board and providing truckers access to their basic human needs allow people to truly live life on the road.

     

    The Volvo Vision Long-Haul (VLH) helps future truckers take pride in themselves and their lifestyles. Pride comes from the aesthetics of assertive strength and the confident stance of the vehicle. A higher seating position gives drivers a commanding view of the road and the use of noble materials helps drivers feel they live in a quality environment.

    Onboard, the Volvo VLH maximizes interior space, providing enough room for a trucker to live life on the road.  To meet basic human needs, the truck has a shower and toilet onboard, along with a kitchen complete with stove and sink. The lofted bedroom offers feelings of exclusivity and expands upward when the vehicle is parked. This unique expanding space is accessed via a spiral staircase, which stores neatly away when not in use.

    The Volvo VLH meets the emotional needs of the American long-haul trucker, making the lifestyle appealing to future generations.

  • 117.
    Vassøy, Ine Marie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Talkinsex2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    There is a story behind every action, and by nature I am interested in that particular story. Why do adults avoid talking about sex to their children? Sex is still a topic that is considered as a social taboo, which mean that people find it uncomfortable to talk about. Norwegians in their adolescence express frustration towards the existing sexual education. It is inconsistent, and the quality of the education is depending on the school and teacher if they are comfortable teaching sex or not. Adolescents are curious about sex, they want to learn more, and they want higher quality information.

  • 118.
    Vaucelle, Cati
    et al.
    MIT Media Lab Europe.
    Africano, Diana
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Design.
    Davenport, Glorianna
    MIT Media Lab.
    Wiberg, Mikael
    Faculty of Social Sciences, Informatics.
    Moving Pictures: Looking Out / Looking In2005In: Siggraph 2005 - The 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Educators program., 2005Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 119.
    Vikström, John
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Att genom design effektivisera räddningsinsatsen för motorcyklister i trafikolycka2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    What if the emergency response directly knew exactly where to go and what to do if a road accident occured? During the last ten years the number of motorcyclists in Sweden has doubled. Every year, more than 300 riders are seriously injured and over 40 die in road accidents. Being found in time is critical to increase the chance of survival. The goal of this project is to use design methods to find a solution that enables a fast and adequate emergency response for motorcyclists and other unprotected road users.

  • 120.
    Voravattayagon, Kosin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Volkswagen Trimaran: The first of the automated era2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    According to research there is a high possibility that a car company will introduce an autonomous vehicle to the market around the year 2025. Such prospect presents quite interesting design opportunities.

    A major challenge seems to be how to design the experience so that it enables user acceptance of these new kinds of vehicles. Persuading people to feel safe and confident while in a car that drives itself involves breaking a great psychological barrier. For this reason an “inside-out” approach was used to study the user behaviour and map the needs inside an autonomous vehicle. Besides the user-centred approach, this thesis project also considered two other factors as highly influential to the way autonomous vehicles will be designed in the future: branding and technology. It investigated how autonomous driving technology may affect car design and how strategic such development can be for a major automotive manufacturer.

    The final design proposal is a compact car that can transport three passengers. The concept takes car sharing into consideration allowing the occupants to choose between having their own private spaces or assuming a participative seating layout. Trimaran concept represents the first of a distinctive new line of smart vehicles for the Volkswagen brand.

  • 121.
    Wiberg, Mikael
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Robles, Erica
    Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, New York, USA.
    Computational compositions: aesthetics, materials, and interaction design2010In: International Journal of Design, ISSN 1991-3761, E-ISSN 1994-036X, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 65-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper advocates re-focusing interaction design towards aesthetics and compositions. Inspired by current movements within human-computer interaction, product design, materials science, and architecture, we argue that a central problematic concerned with reconciling the digital and physical has always shaped the field. Rather than bridging atoms and bits, an approach that systematically keeps the digital and physical apart, we advocate thinking of design as composition. Doing so will require articulating an aesthetic vocabulary that formally relates diverse materials whether digital or physical. Texture, a word that applies across materials, substrates, and scales, is advanced as a candidate term within our approach. We provide a model for thinking about texture as a relation and then ground the model through a design project, Icehotel X, rendered in ice and digital displays. Texture guided the quality of composition achieved in the final design executed by a team of diverse experts. This approach opens new avenues for the analysis and practice of interaction design.

  • 122.
    Williams, Sharon
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Digital Me: Connecting atoms and bits in the process of identity exploration in digital natives.2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Digital Me is a platform for parents, teachers, and any adult that considers him/herself as an educator or a role model of the digital natives. In it they can find tools to empower and support them when bringing up pre-teens that are about to start, or have already started the process of exploration in the search of self-identity.

  • 123.
    Wiltse, Heather
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Book review of Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World, edited by Paul M. Leonardi, Bonnie A. Nardi, and Jannis Kallinikos. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 365 pp. ISBN 9780199664061 (paper).2013In: The Information Society, ISSN 0197-2243, E-ISSN 1087-6537, Vol. 29, no 5, p. 322-323Article, book review (Refereed)
  • 124.
    Wiltse, Heather
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World2013In: The Information Society, ISSN 0197-2243, E-ISSN 1087-6537, Vol. 29, no 5, p. 322-323Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 125.
    Wiltse, Heather
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Unpacking Digital Material Mediation2014In: Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, ISSN 1091-8264, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 154-182Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Digital technologies mediate engagement with the world by making ac- tivities visible. The automaticity and physicality of the ways in which they do this suggest that it could be productive to view them as responsive digital materials. This paper explores the structure and function of responsive materials in order to develop a conceptualization of responsive digital materials. It then begins to unpack the com- plexities of digital material mediation through both drawing on and extending existing postphenomenological theory. 

  • 126.
    Yong-fei, Han
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    BMW i-3/60°2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Now and in the future we will consider more and more ecological aspects. The car industry already has a strong commitment to environmental care, but I have decided to investigate how we can go a step further. Imagine a car taking advantage of new and upcoming technologies to reduce its footprint. This vehicle will demonstrate a new method to mass produce cars by simplifying the workflow and reduce the amount of component. The main idea is to be energy efficient while you build it and drive it.

  • 127.
    Zhang, Yangchen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    I WAS HERE: A service to engage families exploring and preserving stories about their city2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, most aspects of our daily lives have been changed by digital technology. Digital content as a new medium has been used widely as memorial to bring back memories of a person, an event or old times. Since all the data probably will exist longer than our lifetime, how should we deal with them and treat them as a heritage? In this project, I am exploring the possibilities of an innovative service that would engage people to preserve memories in the digital age by sharing their stories with future generations. I aim at result that not only allows people to collect stories, but also brings new perspective on how people view their present lives in the community. Moreover, I hope this design will not be limited to Norsjö municipality, but could also bring an extra value to other small communities with similar needs.

  • 128.
    Ziankevich, Maryia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Local Roots: Celebrating sustainable methods of food production2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Local Roots is a design of a system where local interest circles and study groups share their knowledge and interest in the context of an outdoor museum. Here, museum visitors can get inspired by a first glimpse into the local culture of traditional food production. This thesis project mainly focuses on the introduction experience to this system, on the outdoor museum plant tour "what's my flavor". Interactive plant audio installations of this tour are placed around the territory of the museum. By touching different parts of a plant, museum visitors trigger information about its nutritional and cultural values. They start to see food opportunities in natural ecosystems, gain experience and train watchfulness the same way they would do it for centuries before, by touching, smelling and reading the signs of nature together with the more experienced peers.

  • 129.
    Önnerlöv, Lisa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Användarorienterad förarsituation för bergavläsning vid fjärrstyrt skrotningsarbete2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mechanical scaling is one of the most complex operations of all in the mining process. The operators are using both hearing, sight and feel to read the rock and to know where to scale and where to leave. They say they go on gut feeling in great extent, something that comes with experience. The scaling machine is placed into the edge of unsecured and newly blasted rock to hammer off the blocks that has become loose after the blast, but not enough to fall down. It goes without sayingthat it is a risky job. Boliden Mineral has a desire to remotely control this operation from above ground and thus became this challenge a degree project in industrial design. With a focus on ease of use and the sensory feedback, the project aims to develop a proposal on the driver situation that allows the operator to do an as equally good job above as below ground.

  • 130.
    Östlund, Carl
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
    Ett gånghjälpmedel med fokus på användarens vardag2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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