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      Making a Customized DIY-Computer with Infobricks

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      11 – 13 July 2017

      DIY, Makers, Accessibility, Design tool, Senior users, Design concept

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            Abstract

            Making is about learning new skills, creative explorations, and solving problems; but it is also about giving and caring for others. Many makers enjoy creating unique and bespoke presents to give them to people they care about to enrich their life. To support and exploit this motivation, we designed a modular toolkit named Infobricks, which was conceived for creating DIY and accessible computers. For a grounded requirements gathering of Infobricks, we conducted a study featuring six makers. We present a functional prototype for Infobricks as an embodiment of the findings from this study. Moreover, we illustrate Infobricks in a “lived scenario” featuring one additional participant who used the kit to create a computer for her older mother. Overall, our ambition in this paper is to design a toolkit like Infobricks and to demonstrate how it can provide e.g. senior citizens with customized computers by drawing on the constructive energy and skillset of makers.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            July 2017
            July 2017
            : 1-12
            Affiliations
            [0001]Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)

            Argentinierstraße 8, 1040 Vienna, Austria
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.52
            163d0a30-2786-4302-b6ab-6458c242faa5
            © Güldenpfennig. Published by BCS Learning and Development. Proceedings of British HCI 2017 – Digital Make-Believe, Sunderland, UK.

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017)
            EVA
            London, UK
            11 – 13 July 2017
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
            Product
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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