Posted on Jul 01 , 2012 in Current Conferences & Electronics and Interaction Design

Electronic Interaction Design Case Study – Urban Beehive

Case Study | Chris Weir | July 2012

Electronic Interaction Design Case Study – Urban Beehive


Case study created as part of the IDATER Electronic Interaction Design Online Conference. In an interview and product demonstration, Chris Weir describes his Urban Beehive which has been designed to make keeping bees easier and safer in urban environments. Chris simply used off-the-shelf products to build a prototype that demonstrated the product functionality, as well as providing a model for user testing.


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I have got to the point where I have enough technology embedded that I can carry out a meaningful evaluation, but if that was to go into mass manufacture, a lot more would have to be thought about the electronics side
– Chris Weir

To get a good evaluation and good user testing, all I needed was a camera. I just needed the raw [functions] so I could evaluate it. This saved time, it saved money, and looking at the degree criteria it was decided to buy them in; it was a waste of time to do them by myself
– Chris Weir

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