Projecting the future of open-source hardware with the Minimax
- Guillermo Callau
- Partner, Head of Team
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The Minimax is a handheld interactive projector with spatial and object tracking capabilities. It is designed to explore and showcase the collaborative business potential of open-source hardware.
As part of the EU funded program Open Next in collaboration with Danish Design Center and Wikifactory - minimax is fully open source.
We've managed to create a new interaction language by blending industrial design with coding and tech-specific knowledge about object recognition, sensors, and mobile user interfaces.
The future of hardware is connected.
We’re rapidly moving into a new age of hardware development. One where global collaboration, rapid prototyping and optimised use of materials can compete with even the heaviest of industries. This is enabled by the open-tech movement. Also known as 'the maker' movement, the open-tech movement democratises access to, tools for hardware development.
Throughout the process, every stage of ideation and development has been logged on the open hardware platform Wikifactory to share progress and get input from the global community of makers. The ambition of the project is to demonstrate the power of collaborative design allowing for high-tech innovation to be achieved at a surprisingly low-cost and fast pace.
We've leveraged the power of the maker community to do hands on test at fast speed through rapid prototyping.
The Minimax was conceived as part of the OpenNext innitiative: an EU funded program run by the Danish Design Centre with the aim of exploring an open-source approach to hardware and business development. The project resulted in the creation of a new language of interactive projection, were Manyone has designed the full experience from ideation, branding, business case and code to industrial and ergonomic design.
The aim of the project team was to prototype and refine a workflow for tech innovation, which can bridge the gap between design, tinkering and prototyping, and, importantly, leverage the power of the collective open-tech community to foster ideas, share knowledge and remove the siloed walls around classical hardware development. The fast paced prototypes were built at the local Maker Space, close to Manyone's Copenhagen office.
Minimax's form language of soft tech.
Manyone has been a great sparring to Open Next and been able to give feedback on all the tools developed through the program. At the same time it is no secret that the high quality of work they have delivered through the demonstrator process, continuously challenged the potential of Open source hardware.
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