"The Interactive Institute is a Swedish experimental IT & design research institute that conducts world-class applied research and innovation. With pioneering spirit and courage, we challenge prevailing norms in technology and design. Our process is based on people’s future needs and potential with a vision to improve everyday life for a creative and sustainable society. The results are developed in close collaboration with industry and society.
We develop new research areas, concepts, products and services, and provide strategic advice to corporations and public organizations. Our results are communicated and exhibited worldwide and brought out to society through commissioned work, license agreements and spin-off companies.
Over the course of a decade, the Interactive Institute has established itself at the forefront of research and development in design, data visualization, sustainability and entertainment, positioning Sweden as a leading force in the lifestyle technology research sector. The Interactive Institute has worked systematically to identify new research fields and to create pioneering projects within these with great potential for innovation. The projects have given rise to larger research programs and funding initiatives that not only have created renewal within Swedish research, but also played an important part for Swedish industry, regional development and the image of Sweden as an innovative nation.
Since the start in 1998, our work has been characterized not only in the way we conduct traditional academic research but also in our exploration of the borders between art, design and technology in industrial and academic settings as well as public and private sectors. With our expertise, we bring an innovative edge into policy work, we connect stakeholders for extraordinary synergies, we bring renewal to traditional industry and we add context and involvement to the processes we are involved in. In bringing together our knowledge of business and creative values with world-class research results, we offer a unique set of skills to the Swedish research and innovation sector in the international arena.
The Interactive Institute has 50 employees per December 2010, and is organized around studios localized in Piteå, Umeå, Stockholm, Eskilstuna, Norrköping and Gothenburg. The headquarters is situated in Stockholm/Kista. The Interactive Institute is a non profit distributing organization."
(The Interactive Institute)
"Designit is Europe's largest and most international strategic design consultancy. We create products, services and experiences, across industry sectors and media. Our aim is to create strong and healthy business value through design.
Together, we're a zoo of talented creatives, effective communicators and accomplished business strategists, all working closely together to deliver meaningful design-driven solutions for people, planet and profit."
"Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others."
(Eric J. Wilhelm)
Fig.1 Kipkay (Kipkay Videos) Blu-Ray Laser Phaser http://www.facebook.com/kipkayvideos/
Fig.2 SaskView "The Most Useless Machine EVER!" http://saskview.com/?page_id=11
Fig.3 Randy Sarafan. "Lunchtime Clock" http://www.instructables.com/id/Lunchtime-Clock/?ALLSTEPS
Fig.4 kaptaink_cg "Bacon Roses"