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Photos of our #paperwear workshop at London’s V&A

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On Friday, the Connected team – Alex, Ana and I – were invited to run a workshop at London’s prestigious V&A museum as part of their Friday Late series. Needless to say I was thrilled – but more importantly, we’re all super happy with the results and feedback.

 

 

Being at a place as prestigious and as lovely as the V&A is fun in and of itself – but engaging there in an interactive workshop – and a discussion – about the future of technology and our relationship with wearable tech in particular is a whole different level. (More over on the Connected site.)

We have two sets of photos – a professional one as well as my own snapshops – and here are some impressions:

 

Poster for our workshop.

The reason we were at the V&A.

Setting up the workshop.

The calm before the storm.

 

Click here to see all the photos. (more…)

The most interesting indie R&D shops

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Indie R&D Shops

 

For future reference, a short list of some of the more interesting independent companies, studios, design and dev shops that are engaged in invention, prototyping or research & development.

Some work mostly in software, some more with hardware or interfaces. Some more conceptual, some more product-oriented, some squarely in between.

  • Hubbub invent and build playful digital products. Berlin/Utrecht.
  • überproduct. Protyping and external R&D, in code or on paper. Berlin.
  • The Incredible Machine. Focus on connected devices/IoT. Rotterdam.
  • Near Future Lab. Thinking, making, design, development and research practice. (Several locations across California & Europe)
  • Relative Wave. Focus on software and visual stuff. San Francisco.
  • BERG London. Just included for historical reasons as they are not taking on client work after transitioning their business to build BERGCloud.
  • MCQN is all about the IoT. They build connected devices, for clients and themselves. Liverpool.
  • HardwareLabs.io turns hardware prototypes into finished products. London.

If you are aware of others that should be part of this list, please let me know.

 

Full disclosure: Many friends on this list. Alper of Hubbub and I share an office at the time of writing this. Hubbub, überproduct, The Incredible Machine and BERG London all have been involved as speakers at conferences of mine.

TechCrunch wants internet tablet, builds internet tablet

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Just a little over a month ago, Techcrunch announced that they’d like to have a simple, cheap, yet powerful internet tablet. It should run Firefox and Skype, have a touch screen and should be available for $200 max. Nobody had built something like this so far and there were no signs of one being built. Usually, with blogs and magazines alike, the story would end here: We put the idea out there, so now we wait to see if someone takes care of it. Not so in this case. TechCrunch actually is building the thing.

The first prototype is ready:

A humble (and messy) beginning. Prototype A has been built. It’s in a temporary aluminum case that a local sheet metal shop put together for us that’s at least twice as thick as it needs to be, but the hardware has been defined and is nearing lockdown. We booted the machine in the case for the first time today, accessed the Wifi network and were able to navigate a web page via the touch screen.

Still a bit bulky, but hey, it’s been just a few weeks from idea to prototype. How awesome is that?

Here’s a first teaser photo straight from TechCrunch:

TechCrunch Tablet