Since 2007, cheap, often open
source hardware and software electronics prototyping platforms have flooded the market. The RaspberryPi sold 1M units in its first week in the UK.
Who is it for? •
Product designers • Engineers • Software developers tired of the web • Artists • R&D departments • Products companies
What impact did it have?
It accelerated the production of new product dreams, ideas and prototypes. Crowdfunding then helped market them and fund production of some.
10 years ago Kevin Ashton
coined the term Internet of Things He originally meant it in the context of RFID. Now it implies all the technologies that allow products to be connected online. (wifi, GSM, BT, radio,etc)
That connectivity changes everything but
doesn’t solve everything. Back to the makers, what are they building? Smart locks, pet trackers, wifi-connected baby monitors, smart, smart toothbrushes and many more.
Ideas are getting “to market”
too quickly. We are living a new age of science-fiction fuelled not by literature, but by crowd-funding, startup culture and makerfaires.
But ideas are also dying
too quickly. We aren’t encouraging products to really find their market fit. 3 months on a product project isn’t enough (the average accelerator period). Partnerships take a long time to build.
We can’t be unwillingly designing
for obsolescence. We have to build in desire. Most activity trackers will be used for only 6 months. Smart phones flood eBay with limited interest.
Meaning can’t mean wasting. Design
for dis-assembly hasn’t been shown to these new entrepreneurs. Or Cradle to Cradle thinking. This is a whole new opportunity to bring design to the fore.