Interactive Device Design

By Andrew Milmoe | Articles and links tangential or directly related to the course I'm teaching at UC Berkeley School of Engineering, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

$9 Internet Of Things Integrated Platform Unveiled

Bolt a new Internet of Things integrated platform specifically created for fast development and deployment of IoT projects has been unveiled this …

Internet of Things

At Apple's new summer camp, high school kids can build the next big thing

Can adults apply, too?<p>In a nondescript Apple office building in Cupertino, California, a group of engineers has spent the past four weeks working feverishly on the next big thing in consumer hardware, prototyping a water-saving shower head, a new version of the Apple Watch, and a “smart” water …


Designers Are Forgetting One Major Element Of The Design Process

What do you do with broken products? You fix them.<p>What do you do when your toaster breaks?<p>Chances are, you toss it and buy another one. It’s only a toaster, after all. But what if your toaster was designed so that it’s easy to fix? What if a screwdriver and a replacement part could save you that …

Product Design

A Cheap, Simple Way to Make Anything a Touch Pad

How would you like a toy, steering wheel, wall, or electric guitar with a touch pad?<p>You probably encounter small touch screens every day—on phones …


Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner

Roadie 2 Automatic Standalone Guitar Tuner<p>the latest innovation in string instrument tuning<p>Roadie<p>Delivered within days<p>$ 99<p>String Gauge<br>• Rotation …


Your Pioneering Project Could Earn a Rolex Award for Making a Significant Impact

<i>Featured Image: Andrew Bastawrous’ Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek). Photo courtesy of Rolex</i><p>The pages of <i>Make:</i> are consistently filled with creative projectsprovided by the magazine’s contributors. Many have practical applications, and some might lead directly, or even indirectly, to a project …

Mount Everest

This ‘third thumb’ is the unnecessary prosthetic of my dreams

Two words: why not?<p>Dani Clode is a grad student at London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) and her latest creation is something called The Third Thumb: a 3D-printed prosthetic that does exactly what its name suggests. “The origin of the word 'prosthesis' meant 'to add, put on to,’ so not to fix or …

Assistive Technology

IKEA's Idea Man Reveals How to Discover Your Own Million Dollar Idea

The process is called vu jd. That's dj vu backwards, and anyone can do it.<p>His company counts the who's who of global brands as clients - Apple, Bank of America, IKEA and Microsoft (to name a few). Who knows who he works with under strict non-disclosure.<p>The mission: Design products and services that …


Design in the Era of the Algorithm

This is the prose version of a talk I gave in May 2017 at Pixel Up! in Capetown and at An Event Apart in Boston. It riffs on ideas I first explored …

Machine Learning

Things that don’t work yet

On Roli Blocks, musical technologies, and designing connected objects in general<p>What is a musical instrument? Roli, a London-based startup, has …

Brian Eno

Maker Faire New York 2013 Electronics Stage: Arduino NFC


What's the difference between RFID, NFC and BLE?


NFC - The Complete Guide (Explanation & Demonstration)

Near Field Communication

Amazon's Plan to Build a Kickstarter Knockoff Turned Into a Site That Helps Startups Sell Products

In 2015, a group of Amazon employees kicked around ideas for a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site. The idea didn't get very far, as they soon learned that the market was already crowded.<p>Instead, they discovered that every retail startup was looking for someone to solve the same problem: how to get …

GE: 3D Printing Opens A ‘New, Unlimited Dimension’ For Manufacturing

Carlos Haertel, who runs the GE Global Research center in Munich, says additive manufacturing technologies like 3D printing are opening a “new, …


Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?

Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? By Adam Greenfield<p>In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to “optimise” his life …

A Student’s Guide to UC Berkeley’s Startup Ecosystem

A comprehensive list of resources available for undergraduate entrepreneurs at Cal<p>When I came to Cal, I was excited by the campus’s spirit of …