manyone merges open source technology and organic design
Shaped like a small game controller, Manyone’s Minimax is an interactive portable projector wrapped in a 3d printed foam shell. Fusing industrial design and coding, the open source device introduces a human approach to technology to innovate a new language of interaction. With an ergonomic shape ensuring optimal comfort of use, Minimax can be simply tilted by its user to activate and navigate in the direction of its pico projector and create engaging visual experiences.
The prototype was designed as part of a community of collaborative makers exploring the power of open source hardware and innovative design. Through a process of hands-on testing and development, the Danish design studio integrates spatial and object tracking technologies, including object recognition, sensors and mobile user interfaces, enabling efficient high-tech innovation at fast pace and low cost.
equipped with a front-facing pico projector | all images courtesy of Manyone
an ergonomic projector with innovative interactivity
The Minimax projector was designed as part of the OpenNext initiative — an EU-funded program led by the Danish Design Center to collaboratively explore an open source approach to hardware and commercial development. In response, design studio Manyone is experimenting with technological innovation to create a new interactive projection language with Minimax.
From concept to completion, the team designed the complete experience, including branding, business case, code, and industrial design. Every step of the process has been recorded on the Wikifactory open hardware platform to share progress and get feedback from the global maker community. The final prototype, completed in the local Maker space near Manyone’s Copenhagen office, bridges the gap between iterative experimentation and polished design, leveraging the power of the collective open tech community to foster ideas, share knowledge and remove the compartmentalized partitions around the classic. material development.
a “friendly” and organic shell with a shape that brings a human approach to technology
“The future of hardware is connected. We are rapidly entering a new era of hardware development. One where global collaboration, rapid prototyping and optimized use of materials can rival the heaviest of industries. This is made possible by the open-tech movement. Also known as ‘the maker’ movement, the open-tech movement is democratizing access to tools for hardware development,’ writes the Manyone team.
by tilting the projector or pressing a series of buttons, interactions can be controlled
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