Integrating Sensors in Products: A New Tool for Design Education

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nadège Troussier
Author: Briard, Tristan (1,2); Jean, Camille (1); Aoussat, Améziane (1); Véron, Philippe (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: LCPI, Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology, HESAM Université, Paris, France; 2: LISPEN, Arts et Métiers Institute of Technology, HESAM Université, Aix-en-Provence, France
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2345-2354
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This paper present a pedagogical tool to address a lack of creative approach in traditional education on embedded sensors. The tool is built in a systematic way from the data sheet information of a large number of different sensors. The tool presents the main monitoring capabilities of embedded sensors on cards to assist students in the creative stages of product design. An experiment was conducted to test its educational potential with 30 Masters students in product design. The statistical analysis on the experiment data indicate that the tool enables the improvement of knowledge on embedded sensors, with a more significant gain in advanced thinking skills. Finally, the tool is easy to implement in product design education and accessible to a wide range of students.

Keywords: Design education, Creativity, Early design phases, Design learning, Big data

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