Machines as co-designers: A fiction on the future of human-fabrication machine interaction

Jeeeun Kim, Haruki Takahashi, Homei Miyashita, Michelle Annett, Tom Yeh

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Abstract

While current fabrication technologies have led to a wealth of techniques to create physical artifacts of virtual designs, they require unidirectional and constraining interaction workflows. Instead of acting as intelligent agents that support human's natural tendencies to iteratively refine ideas and experiment, today's fabrication machines function as output devices. In this work, we argue that fabrication machines and tools should be thought of as live collaborators to aid in-situ creativity, adapting physical dynamics come from unique materiality and/or machine specific parameters. Through a series of design narratives, we explore Human-FabMachine Interaction (HFI), a novel viewpoint from which to reflect on the importance of (i) interleaved design thinking and refinement during fabrication, (ii) enriched methods of interaction with fabrication machines regardless of skill level, and (iii) concurrent human and machine interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2017 Extended Abstracts - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages790-803
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346566
DOIs
StatePublished - 6 May 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
VolumePart F127655

Conference

Conference2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver
Period6/05/1711/05/17

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is supported by NSF Grant No. IIS-1453771

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2017 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. (ACM).

Keywords

  • Concurrent collaboration
  • Creativity support
  • Emerging design
  • Human-FabMachine Interaction

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