I am looking at modularity for a while now and discovered that in a lot of areas it comes with problems. The Spreading Errors Effect is an important one. It effects your first example.
And Project ARA got cancelled recently because it turned out to be a „terrible idea.“ It would have cost even more ...
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the idea of modularity - that is the reason I create this ACTION about it. But it seems it does not work everywhere. We have to look for the areas, where it works.
On The Product Design ACTION
I think, such an ACTION should be more free. I like the simple idea to just set 'Make one Re-, Co- & Mod-' because it makes some restrictions but it is ok, because after this you have maximum freedom. Invent the product you want to - for example a robotic broom that works only on Mars. For OSCEdays this might work better. People like to follow their own ideas - if they accept a framework (materials and construction principles) they should be able to at least pick what they design. It is more fun.
I imagine the key part of the ACTION would be to have a short list for Re-, Co-, Mod- to get people inspired. Does not have to be a complete list. On the contrary. Just enough to make them understand what to look for (how to identify Re-, Co-, & Mod-). And examples for Mod– ? Well ll there are a lot of modular toys out there. This could be a start. And let them come up with the rest.
10 different modular toys made to connect by the Free Universal Construction Kit.
What do you think? Can we collect a list of examples for Re-, Co- & Mod-?
By the way - I have started a collection on modularity a while ago here on the forum: