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Chapter 11. Designing for People > Bridging Hardware and Software

Bridging Hardware and Software

From an interaction designer's point of view, the divisions between hardware and software are inconsequential because they are inconsequential to a user. The user doesn't care which is more expensive to build. Thus, interaction designers can resolve problems that arise during development of hybrid products.

In the world of engineering, there are hardware engineers who create circuit boards and microchips, and there are software engineers who create program code. Although the fruits of their labor are sold in a common—or hybrid—product, the two factions typically don't work cooperatively. Sometimes they don't even communicate, but instead merely throw completed modules over the fence into the other's backyard.


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