10-week term project in collaboration with
The objective of
this term project was to explore freely the design space and
potential of the next generation of collaborative product
solutions. The starting point and initial inspiration was the
technology behind ABB's YuMi robot, the first inherently safe
collaborative robot on the market.
understanding the first phase of the project included student
driven research and a number of arranged user visits around Umeå,
in order to search for and identify potential areas where new
collaborative product solutions could have a positive and
After the students had identified a number of relevant design
opportunities, they started working in smaller groups on a topic
and direction of their own choice. The group work included ideation and the
conceptualization and design of new visionary product solutions
that could enable a higher level of physical collaboration and
interaction between these and their users and the production of
small movies showing this.
study resulted in a number of collaborative product solutions for
rehabilitation in case of strokes, forestry planning, customised
welding at smaller workshops, microbiology labs and e-waste
External contact at ABB:
Camilla Kullborg, Senior scientist, ABB Corporate Research.
External project tutor:
Bilgi Karan, Principal UX Designer,
Jonas Sandström, teacher in form and visualization.
Oscar Björk, project tutoring and support.
Course repsonsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD