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First Step to Combine Bio-inspiration and Frugal Innovation: Application to a Container’s Village

  • Eliot Graeff
  • Matthieu Gras
  • Rémy Piroux
  • Danièle Huet-Kouo
  • Camille Jean
  • Nicolas MaranzanaEmail author
  • Améziane Aoussat
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)

Abstract

In a world where raw materials are becoming scarcer, it appears necessary to adjust our way of developing new products. Indeed, the fundamental question of products’ sustainability, resources’ origin, and environmental impact is more and more important for customers. Moreover, the issue of equitable access to basic products is growing in poor countries. In this climate, frugal innovation was born. With this thematic in mind, we wanted to go deeper, and we found it very appropriate to start our design process by inspiring us from nature. After a short state of the art, we compared bio-inspiration and frugal design in order to build a design method combining these two approaches. This article relates to our current study and presents the first results of our work.

Keywords

Frugal innovation Bio-inspiration Biomimetics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliot Graeff
    • 1
  • Matthieu Gras
    • 1
  • Rémy Piroux
    • 2
  • Danièle Huet-Kouo
    • 2
  • Camille Jean
    • 1
  • Nicolas Maranzana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Améziane Aoussat
    • 1
  1. 1.Arts et Métiers ParisTech, LCPIParisFrance
  2. 2.DHK-SIPSaint-DenisFrance

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