Arduemgers is a Research Group in Interactive Systems at the School of Design’s Fab Lab at the State University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The research group was created in 2015 to explore physical computing platforms for research and product development in design. It is composed of undergraduate students and faculty in Design and Communication, who are interested in the appropriation of open hardware/software as creative and critical tools for design practice.
The group was coordinated by Fernanda Duarte from February 2016 to March 2017 and met on Tuesdays (2-4pm for planning and discussion) and Saturdays (10am-1pm for prototyping). In Spring 2016, the group offered a series of introductory workshops on programming with Arduino. Developed projects consisted of physical computing interactive games, a data visualization tool for Twitter, and a hybrid plant vase/light fixture. The group’s research agenda is defined as:
– Interaction design and interactive technologies: Investigates potential uses of open hardware/software, sensors, and wireless networks to implement a systemic approach to interactive product design, Keywords: internet of things, smart objects.
– Digital Narratives and hybrid spaces: Investigates interface design, data mining, and social media to develop tools for data research and data visualization. Also investigates games, narratives, and location aware technologies in mobile media applications, Keywords: data visualization, mixed reality, mobile interfaces.
A research report here regarding the group activities during 2016-2017 is available here.