Projects

The Programme for Advanced Interactive Prototype Research (PAIPR) group are investigating the general area of Interactive Prototyping through the following projects:

IE and shield cropped“IE System” prototyping tools

The IE system prototyping tools provide a rapid and flexible interactive prototyping solution. The tools are designed to support product designers, and allow prototyping of interactive products without the need for advanced coding or electronic design skills. Read more…

Rapid low-fidelity prototyping StickIT

Designers still face a number of challenges  when trying to rapidly prototype early stage interactive concepts.  This work aims to allow designers to create flexible interactive prototypes within 1-2 hours and complement the ways in which designers work. Read more…

Testing in-contextIn-context testing

Low-fidelity prototyping techniques for interactive products have largely been evaluated in laboratory based settings. Is this the only method of testing that should be supported? This work  argues that there is value in testing prototypes in-context, and that issues not seen in the laboratory can be uncovered. Read more…

IRIS prototyping tool

Iris is part of an attempt to develop a tangible prototyping system so fast and flexible that it would allow designers to develop new interaction paradigms for technologies that don’t even exist as yet. Read more…

Vision Space

If you look closely at this painting of a vase you will notice that it doesn’t follow the standard rules of perspective; the vase and the plate are asymmetric, the plate appears as two separate objects and the table’s front edge is strangely represented. Yet the overall effect is of a vibrant, three dimensional image. Read more…

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Bespoke Medical Devices

Custom-made medical devices are products that fit the unique characteristics of an individual human body.  They have a big impact on a patient’s quality of life, not least because those fitted with such devices will have to use them for long periods of time. This research employs an ethnographic approach to examining the issues surrounding a user centred approach to fast and efficient design and production of bespoke medical devices. Read more…

expentant mums centreDisruptive Medical Design

The aim of this project is to assess the potential for the employment of disruptive innovation techniques based on rapid, prototype-based ethnographic appraisal in the development of radical but culturally, politically, economically and legally appropriate medical product solutions. The project will focus on the needs of the Chongwe region of Zambia where Clara Watkins has joined a multi-disciplinary team led by Prof. Judith Hall (OBE) from Cardiff Medical School. PAIPR’s team is completed by Gareth and Steve. Read more…

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