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Yichen Wu Margherita Pillan

The crowdfunding platform as a tool for designers to create connected objects

Creativity supports social and economic prosperity, and, by the development and popularity of the Internet and its technology, the computer-mediated crowdfunding platforms become a creative economic environment to serve business and innovation. On the other hand, the application of digital technologies applies to objects generates innovative products, i.e. smart devices, becoming one of the popular categories presented on crowdfunding platforms. This research aims to investigate the feasibility of using crowdfunding platforms to support design of connected objects. The paper reports some case studies (connected objects) taken as reference from four crowdfunding platforms, and some interviews with designers. The results show the role of crowdfunding platforms in the creation of innovative connected objects and how the platforms can influence creativity.