Games Console

Mind Map by Jacob.Hill, updated more than 1 year ago
Created by Jacob.Hill over 6 years ago


This is the mind map for the A2 Design & Technology Project

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Games Console
  1. Safety
    1. No sharp edges - this is important as people may catch their clothes on the edges. This could result in the games console slipping off of its stand/table.
      1. Toxic substances and solvents used in the manufacture of materials
        1. No small parts on the surface of the games console as small children can choke on them. Apply a warning in the H&S documents saying children under the age of 5 are not advised to play with this item.
          1. Electrical insulating materials to be used (mainly) to prevent electrocution.
          2. Environment
            1. FSC certified wood from sustainable sources that can be used in the final product. Possible use for the wood could be used for even weight distribution and cooling of the electricals.
              1. Acquiring the materials from natural resources without harming the environment very much. For example, not using an extraction technique called 'fracking'. which extracts gas from rocks to burn for energy production.
                1. With wood, for example, new trees need to be planted for every one that is cut down. This will ensure the sustainability in the production of trees - this is also related to FSC certified sources of renewable materials,.
                2. Cost
                  1. The cost of the games console on the whole needs to be reasonable as they mostly appeal to the younger generations; the TM is roughly around new couples, teenagers and children. This may also apply to young adults.
                    1. The cost of the manufacture of the games console also depends on the preparation of the material for making. This could involve: laminating several layers of the raw material and sticking them together top make the wood/material more reinforced.
                    2. The cost of manufacture and extraction of the materials also needs to be quite low. If the manufacturing costs are too high for the games console, this will reflect in the overall cost for the games console, once released to the public.
                    3. Materials
                      1. Metal, such as stainless steel and aluminium alloy. Metals should be a good material to use because it is ductile and durable. It also lasts a lot longer than traditional plastics yet it is generally more expensive per unit, therefore it is cheaper to use plastics to keep the manufacturing costs down. Also, metals require a lot more effort to manipulate and it also requires specialist equipment, unlike plastics, woch, for example,. a laser cutter can be used to shape the plastics and they can also be used in 3D printers.
                        1. Plastics, such as thermo-plastics and thermosetting plastics. Examples of these plastics are ABS, acrylic and Polypropylene . Some thermosetting plastics are epoxy resin, melamine formaldehyde and polyester resin.
                          1. The materials need to be able to be recycled easily and widely accepted as a material that will not run out in the short-term.
                          2. Style
                            1. Minimal
                              1. Simplistic
                                1. Modern
                                  1. Traditional
                                    1. Colourful
                                      1. Low-profile
                                      2. Features
                                        1. Disk tray
                                          1. Stand (vertical)
                                            1. Stand (horizontal)
                                              1. Rubber feet
                                                1. Backwards-compatible
                                                2. Ergonomics & Anthropometrics
                                                  1. Controller
                                                    1. Button sizes, rotary controller, rubberized finish on buttons, battery, recharging and placement on flat surfaces.
                                                    2. Buttons
                                                      1. Rubberized finish
                                                        1. Shiny and slippery surface/finish
                                                        2. Shape of console
                                                          1. User interactivity (touch-pad)
                                                            1. Rubber holding and grip for controller
                                                            2. Aesthetics
                                                              1. Modern and simplistic shapes (cubes, cuboids, spheres, etc.)
                                                                1. Finish on the console
                                                                  1. Shiny
                                                                    1. Matte
                                                                      1. Rubberized
                                                                        1. Engraved logo/image
                                                                        2. Disk tray shape and form
                                                                        3. Production methods
                                                                          1. Cheap methods
                                                                            1. Quick - mass production?
                                                                              1. Can be fatal if there is an error in the product and lots have been produced
                                                                                1. Generally less expensive as the machine(s) are producing the item(s) continuously.
                                                                                2. Slow - Batch production?
                                                                                  1. Batch can be recalled if there is an error in the manufacturing or design.
                                                                                    1. The batch can also be changed quickly - this is good if the user/users need a special requirement on their product, it can quickly be designed and produced.
                                                                                    2. Expensive methods
                                                                                    3. Marketing
                                                                                      1. Various methods of marketing and publicising the product
                                                                                        1. Radio adverts
                                                                                          1. TV adverts
                                                                                            1. Posters in public spaces
                                                                                              1. Leaflets on large co-operations for people to take (for free).
                                                                                                1. cards - business, complimentary
                                                                                                2. Social media
                                                                                                  1. Facebook
                                                                                                    1. Twitter
                                                                                                      1. Websites
                                                                                                      2. Online
                                                                                                        1. Webpages
                                                                                                          1. Blogs
                                                                                                            1. Adverts on websites
                                                                                                              1. Images and being affiliates of particular programs
                                                                                                                1. Referrals
                                                                                                              2. Colours
                                                                                                                1. Black
                                                                                                                  1. Gray
                                                                                                                    1. Transparent plastics/materials
                                                                                                                      1. Solid, natural colour
                                                                                                                        1. Metal
                                                                                                                          1. Wood
                                                                                                                            1. Plastics
                                                                                                                              1. Paints
                                                                                                                              2. Red
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