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    Making a Customized DIY-Computer with Infobricks

    HCI 2017 - Digital make-believe

    Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)

    University of Sunderland, St Peter’s campus, Sunderland, UK, 3 - 6 July 2017


    Florian Güldenpfennig



    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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