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4 Ways AR Can Enhance Product Design

4 Ways AR Can Enhance Product Design
Augmented reality gives product designers the ability to see mockups of their designs overlayed into the real world using app such as Vusar’s AR app. (Image source: Vusar)

Augmented reality has been picking up a lot of buzz for its enterprise applications. But while its uses in instances such as training and remote maintenance applications are being highly-touted, AR is moving into another important area of manufacturing as well – product design.

The challenge for product designers however is weighing the benefits of implementing AR into their workflow with the potentially hefty overhead costs associated with picking up expensive new AR hardware. For Brenden Monahan CPO at Vusar, a company that developers augmented reality solutions – including an AR app for viewing CAD models, the benefits of AR come primarily in time savings and an overall acceleration of the design and development process.

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Design Thinking as a Tool for Interdisciplinary Education in Health Care

Abstract

Problem 

Grappling with complex structural health care issues requires medical professionals to have training in skills and knowledge that go beyond the basic and clinical sciences. It is also crucial for health care professionals to be able to work collaboratively. However, medical education has only limitedly institutionalized the teaching of these skills.

Approach 

In fall 2014, a one-semester crossover course called Hacking Healthcare was developed by the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Fine Arts and six health care institutions in the greater Amsterdam area. The course comprised one or two weekly three-hour evening sessions consisting of a lecture, workshop, and group work. It was structured using the three stages of the design thinking process—inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Twenty-seven medicine, psychology, other science disciplines, and art students participated, working in interdisciplinary groups on an assigned case study.

Outcomes 

The course yielded both unconventional and holistic key insights and a wide range of tangible outcomes, which were also considered to be relevant by the patient. Among university (i.e., nonart) students (n = 14), the average overall score of the course was 8.5 out of 10, with 10 being the highest rating. Aspects of the course that were mentioned as positive points were the activating teaching environment, academic development, and development of collaboration skills and creative capabilities.

Next Steps 

This approach could be applied in other fields, such as medical education on a larger scale, clinical practice, and the design of scientific research.

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Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition — Carlos Alvarez

Overview ‘The Future Is Now’ is an exhibition that comprises of multiple artefacts and scenarios that speculated on what humanitarian operations could look like in 2030. The IFRC Solferino Academy and Open Lab at Newcastle University collaborated with an array of design agencies and curators to bring this exhibition to life. This exhibition is the result of extensive horizon […]

Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition — Carlos Alvarez

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Diseño generativo: Inteligencia artificial y diseño

Silla Elbo, diseñada por Arthur Harsuvanakit y Brittany Presten, miembros del Autodesk’s generative design lab en 2016. Fotografía de Autodesk. Tomada de Gallery Autodesk.

Aunque las metodologías de diseño parecen sobrevivir inalteradas a los cambios sociales, las técnicas que las acompañan responden a las necesidades de la sociedad misma. Gilles Deleuze, relevante filósofo francés de mediados del siglo XX, afirmaba que la tecnología utilizada en las sociedades evoluciona «como una profunda mutación del capitalismo». Pero, ¿en qué contexto se encuentra nuestra sociedad actualmente?

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Desall – Design on Demand

Desall is a new way of thinking the product.
Desall is an open innovation and crowdsourcing platform that, through design contests, connects companies and private clients with a worldwide community of creative talents.