Science Fiction Prototypes as Design Outcome of Research

Tiina Kymäläinen

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles


The dissertation portrays how experience design findings of emerging technology research may be harnessed for the construction of future-oriented science fiction short stories. As evidence the dissertation introduces four case studies and three reflecting science fiction publications. The case studies have investigated how to encourage people to employ Internet of Things technologies in a do-it-yourself fashion, by the means of design-oriented research. As a research-oriented design outcome the dissertation presents science fiction stories as reflecting experience design artefacts. The dissertation claims that the introduced artefacts have the potential to contribute more than plain science fiction stories or customary science fact outcomes, such as academic publications and proof-of-concept prototypes. The particularities of the presented science fiction prototypes relate to the manner by how they engage experience design findings profoundly to the process, and how they illustrate the aesthetic, positive experiences - the latter being recently remarked to be a quality severely neglected by the genre of science fiction.
Translated title of the contributionTieteisfiktioprototyypit uuden teknologiatutkimuksen artefaktituloksina
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Hyysalo, Sampsa, Supervising Professor
  • Hyysalo, Sampsa, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-5981-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeG5 Doctoral dissertation (article)


  • science fiction prototypes
  • experience design
  • prototyping
  • emerging technology research
  • human-computer interaction
  • design


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