Week 08 - Houde Prototypes


1. What are the four (4) categories of prototypes?
        There are role prototypes, look-and-feel prototypes, implementation prototypes, and integration prototypes. Role prototypes try to determine how a user might benefit from it through its functions. Look-and-feel prototypes try to create the sensory experience a user will be going through in the final product. Implementation prototypes are used to determine how a specific mechanic might work or how a designer would try to make them work. Integration prototypes are tests combining all three of the other prototypes to see if they can work together well and approach the core question from three different angles.

2. What's the difference between example 2 and example 3?
        Example 2 shows a look-and-feel prototype that was meant to see whether a specific method of handling the virtual furniture was a good choice. Example 3 is an implementation prototype to see if the artifact could handle the load of manipulating and rendering several 3D objects at once.

3. What type of prototype is example 7, and why?
        Example 7 could be an integration prototype because it shows the possible roles the final product could play, it gives a user a look-and-feel that the final product could have, and it gives an example of how a function could be executed. 

4. What type of prototype is example 10, and why?
        Example 10 is a look-and-feel prototype because it was meant to simulate the weight and shape of a portable computer and how it would feel for the user to carry it around.

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