Society needs the next generation to master tomorrow’s technologies. Parents want their kids to exposure to new technologies.
Fab lab is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials. Fab lab is a high-tech supportive environment and an open place to play, learn, collaborate, create and invent.
Our target users are families with children from 7 to 9.
The demands of parents, children and Fab lab are summarized in the table. Fab lab can provide educational family experience for parent, children and fab lab.
To solve the problems, we designed a web service that brings families to fab labs where they can create their own DIY artifacts and get step-by-step instructions. Through Fabby, we build the bridge between families and Fab labs. The whole service includes three steps:
We designed the website with Sketch and InVision.
Some web pages are shown below, from the home page, users can choose to:
After developing the first prototype, we held a small workshop in the LOREM Fab lab in Paris. We contact one family from the Facebook and invite them to use Fabby and attend the workshop. They successfully printed a wood table and a dinosaur. A video about this experience was shown below.
We have three iterations in the whole process.
Let children design a customized model online and print it in fab lab.
However, the idea can't be implemented with current technology.
Allow children choose model online and print it in fab labs. Shipping the printed models to Children.
However, only a printed model pieces are not attractive for children and Parents.
Let children reserve activities online and bring them to fab labs.
This is an entertaining and educational experience for both families and Fab labs.
After producing the first prototype, we took our first customer to LOREM Fab lab in Paris. After attending the activity, she would like to pay 10 euro for our whole service. We also collected some feedback from other kids and the staff in fab lab.
We are a multicultural and interdisciplined team with 5 people of different backgrounds and different countries. We had a really good experience on this project.