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EXPLORING THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF FUNCTIONALITY DESIGN
With multidisciplinary motivation at its core, this proposal has two cooperative and partially overlapping objectives: − The first and the most scientific one is the search for a functionality creation paradigm that would allow anyone, with no specific technological education, to create and sustain a complex, multi-object functionality on an “Internet of Things”  environment. Furthermore, the resulting methods should allow cooperative multi-user creation and sharing of functionalities and behaviors in a useful and meaningful way; − The other objective focuses on the artistic exploration of pieces where the viewer takes an active part in the creative process of the interactive piece by, not only contributing with content or data to be analyzed, but also with the actual behavior of the data interpreter, overlapping the radius of the creator sphere. This component of the research uses, tests and improves the results of the first one. This research is inspired by several projects and movements that, not being directly related to the present research proposal, also aim at empowering endusers with tools that increase their independence from knowledge holders and system designers. Between these, the following had special influence: − The so-called do-it-yourself (DIY) revolution for stimulating open knowledge, the democratization of independent creation processes and the emergence of digital home fabrication; − The Processing, openFrameworks, Wiring and Arduino environments, whose objectives were to present a wide range of very complex tools and mechanisms in the computer graphics and electronics fields to anyone with interest in exploring them, in a simple and safe form, effectively democratizing these fields.
Start Date: 2010-12-01
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