prototyping

A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. It is a term used in a variety of contexts, including semantics, design, electronics, and software programming. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design to enhance precision by system analysts and users.

 

Two pilots are being developed and tested in the Netherlands that make use of 'attribute-based credentials'. What are these?

 

For eight weeks, more than 20 participants could be found in the Fab Lab working on an open healthcare solution.

 

In the DIY Healthcare workshop ten curious and inquisitive citizens gathered to create open solutions in healthcare.

 

What is involved when developing an app for improving the neighborhood together with residents? A first prototype emerged from co-creation sessions with Buitenveldert residents.

 

Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) tested our loupe prototype with school children at the National Museum of History (NMH) in Sofia.

 

In the RICHES project we explore the use of new technologies for cultural heritage experiences as one of the important aspects for change.

 

From interactive playgrounds to online tools that predict future climate changes and apps that could prevent sport injuries. Just some examples of 50 innovative applications that were shown on 2 October 2014 during the The Big Future of Data event of the COMMIT/ research programme.

 

We are currently busy with the development of 'Whiskers': objects that remotely connect people in a playful way. We think these means of communication can play a role in the future care of the elderly.

 

In the past weeks I worked on the Low-cost self-adjustable lower leg prosthesis during my internship at Waag. In this period of 13 weeks I focused on the case (that is the top piece of the prothesis, carrying the stump of the patient) and the mechanism that connects the case to the prosthesis. In my research, I combined several natural fibres with polyurethane resin to create a composite material for the casing.

 

It has been a while without an update on ‘Measuring Less to Feel More’, a project that aims at rethinking the care of diabetes. And many things happened!

 

For the European project meSch, together with museum staff, heritage specialists and curators, we searched for new ways to further enhance the way we can tell the stories of objects. To demonstrate the prototype, the project team made a video.

 

After a short stop during the Winter months, this Spring we will continue our ‘Plants for the Future’ project with the Dutch Botanical gardens (NVBT). In this project we are connecting the botanical collections and search for innovative ways to share these (and possibly enrich them) with the public.

 

The first laboratory in our project 'Plants for the future' with the Botanical gardens (NVBT) has ended. With 18 participants, from nine gardens, we have been busy during six weeks to think up new ways to share plant information with the public.

 

With the kind help of The Kennedys at Wieden+Kennedy, a new video (Self Adjustable Prosthesis) has been made about the development of the low cost prosthesis at Fablab Amsterdam.

 

Designer Mickael Boulay visited the O&P World Congress to present the Low Cost Prosthesis. Looking at the exhibitions and the lectures, the two sides of the prosthetic world (which were visible already a few years ago when our Low Cost Prosthesis project kicked-off) still face each other.

 

In the past months our designer Mickael Boulay has worked at the Fablab on the prosthesis project 'Low-cost prosthesis', to build a new prototype.

 

We have had four laboratory days now in our project with the botanical gardens. On 12 September 2013 all participants again gathered at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden. In our last session we had examined three prototypes on their relevance for the gardens and their visitors, their ease of use and the possibilities for participation.

 

Can a magnifying glass add a dimension to a museum visit? Waag, one of the partners in the meSch project, created a prototype of an interactive magnifying glass: a wooden frame with a smartphone hidden in it

 

On Thursday 5 September 2013 a third meeting took place in our project Plants for the Future with the botanical gardens in the Netherlands. This time we rooted ourselves at the Hortus Botanicus Leiden, just a day after queen Maxima opened a new tropical greenhouse.

 

On 26 June 2013, the winners of the 'Meester App' contest were announced. The first contest for ideas and apps for primary education in The Netherlands. The educational language game Bru-taal has won the first prize of € 5.000,-.

 

Mickael Boulay joined Waag last January as designer. And somewhere at the top of his to-do list is continuing his 'Measuring less to feel more' project, which aims at rethinking the care of Diabetes type II.

 

For the project ‘Low Cost Prosthesis’, our designer Mickael Boulay is currently working on an adjustable connection part and a foot. To get relevant feedback and to be able to make the next steps, he gathered experts in the Waag for a meetup.

 

Connectivity Lab Live celebrated the new Connectivity Lab at Medea, Malmö University with a two-day creators event exploring innovative prototyping in the field of connected devices and social media. The event gathered visionaries, designers, programmers, makers and other creative minds for ideas and inspiration, talks, workshops, exhibitions and a 24-hour prototype challenge on 7-8 December 2012.

 

Over the last couple of months, Mickael Boulay developed a glucose meter in collaboration with Waag. This enables diabetics to measure the condition of their blood via an intuitive light feedback. With this project he won the Renee Smeets-prize for the best student of the Design Academy. Also, the project was published in the Dutch newspaper NRC and could be seen in the TV-show AVRO's Kunstuur.about:blank