Design driven, materials anchored: How HCD has shaped technology development

Light.Touch.Matters (LTM) EU funded project has reached its conclusion in July 2016 after more than three years of duration. During this period several researchers have been involved in the LTM project exploring different fields of research such as Design Engineering, Innovation Management and Materials Science, just to name a few. The materials RTD stream in Project LTM aimed to develop novel smart materials that allow "the product to become the interface". These "LTM materials" consist of four distinct technological components: piezo plastics for touch sensitivity, OLEDs for luminescent response, a conversion layer for modifying colour, and control electronics (i.e. flexible wiring, power supply, input-output switching IC). New materials take long to go from research to reality. Coming out of the lab, they are usually over-specified on some properties and under-specified on others. Following a traditional approach on materials development, opportunities for innovation are often missed.

Human Centred Design (HCD) and Design-driven materials innovation promise a better way: by involving designers and end-users early on, and by developing material and application in parallel, new meanings can be explored.

Here you can find all the project outcomes in terms of developed materials, design projects, training modules and the methodology defined within project LTM:

http://www.light-touch-matters-project.eu/results.php

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