This unit introduces students to the principles of physical computing and its application in interaction design projects. This includes conceptualising computer-based implementations of product interfaces using hardware platforms such as Arduinos or littleBits, for prototyping physical computing interfaces. It introduces the core concepts of physical prototyping, basic electronic concepts, hardware programming, as well as aesthetic issues in product design. The unit covers: prototyping techniques for physical user interfaces, methods of programming and assessing interactive products, product design techniques, especially in relation to interactive contexts, and awareness of issues of aesthetics in physical computing interfaces.
seminar and tutorial 3 hrs/wk
submitted work (70%) and in-class assessments (30%)
This course should be taken concurrently with, or after taking DECO1008 3D Modelling and Fabrication.
(DECO1006 or DECO2016) and DECO1012