There is great news about the iDSA Student Chapter at the Cleveland Institute of Art. There is a new Facebook page where the students will be able to build their iDSA experience, collaborate on events and have visibility to the outside world. Please take a moment and view or join what they have going on thus far at Facebook.com keyword iDSA@CIA maybe we can all build off of this great energy.
Scott Stropkay will frame the issues that designers and organizations will face as their worlds become populated with robotic systems. We will focus specifically on robots in healthcare environments to illustrate the way technology is enabling superhuman capabilities and how those capabilities raise important issues concerning product development, UX design and system design, as well as fundamental moral and ethical questions.
Robots have been tools that perform simple tasks but new technologies are making sophisticated interactions possible (e.g. Intuitive Surgical's daVinci and iRobot's RPVita). On a social level, robots are poised to become invaluable companions to us (e.g. experiments at MIT and Children’s Hospital) and even more provocatively, as smart prostheses address the needs of people with disabilities, we are becoming partly robotic (e.g cochlear implants, Deka arm).
In that context, we will discuss ways designers and R&D managers need to think about change; from the perspective of capabilities and affordances, balancing the implications of privacy and community, rethinking human/machine relationships, to changes in business and institutional behavior.
Scott Stropkay is a founding partner of the research, strategy and development consulting firm, Essential. He helps companies build better discovery processes, define innovation opportunities and leverage design-thinking skills to inform business strategy. His work has guided the selection and development of market leading products and services for clients, including AARP, Gillette, Philips, iRobot, Puma and P&G. Stropkay has worked in both corporate and consulting design capacities for over 25 years. Before Essential, he led an integrated design, human factors and interaction design team at IDEO. He was also a director of design at Gillette and a director of design at Fitch. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
“Designing Innovation” Panel with Ford's Kevin George
Ford Motor Company and the Industrial Designers Society of America host “Designing Innovation,” an interactive panel about parallels in design trends across industries. The panel will take place live at The Exchange on Sat., Aug. 16, at 11 am. and will also be live-streamed. Panelists will explore the similar challenges they face in trying to create something beautiful and functional that also builds an emotional connection with the customer.
Summer is here and its time for us to meet, drink and be merry. Lets chat and share share our stories at the June Happy Hour meet-up. This event is open to all and is organized by Lexicon and the IDSA of Western PA.
Hope you make it!
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm
At the Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh 2705 S Water St, Pittsburgh
STEPHEN WILCOX, FIDSA Principal and Founder Design Science
Principal and Founder of Design Science, Stephen Wilcox, PhD, FIDSA, has 30 years of experience working on the usability of products, particularly medical devices. He was the Chair of IDSA’s Human Factors Section for several years and serves on AAMI’s Human Factors Engineering Committee and the IEC/ISO committee responsible for IEC/ISO 62366:2007. He holds a BS in Psychology and Anthropology from Tulane University, a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Penn State and a Certificate in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Designing Usability into Medical Products, with Michael Wiklund, was published in 2005.