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Tips: Design for upgradeability

October 8, 2010

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In the electronics industry, the technology in a product can become obsolete long before the design.  Designing products that can be upgraded to keep up with rapidly changing technical performance can save materials and money.


Example: The HP MediaSmart server was designed with simple upgradeability at its core.  Purchasable with varying starting amounts of storage, its capabilities can be upgraded by simply adding a drive when the time is right: a process that HP and LUNAR made sure was a simple task for all.

Watch out: Products that are designed to be upgradeable, without being designed to be durable may break before they are ready for an upgrade.  This could result in adding undue complexity to a design that won't be upgraded after all.


CASE STUDIES
Steelcase Think Chair
Kodak Disposable Camera
Haworth Zody Chair