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hacking innovation
November 4, 2009, 7:12 am
Filed under: Great Stuff

I’m a bit fond of innovation and I have quite a big crush on the MIT  High-Low Tech group.

It seems they’ve tasked themselves to integrate high and low technological materials, processes, and cultures.

What I love about this aim is that they’re engaging diverse audiences in designing and building their own technologies- paper architects, fashion and textile designers as well as the usual suspects.  By situating computation/ technology/ agile deployment in new cultural and material contexts they’ve created a wonderful story that might just facilitate the democratisation of engineering.

The project demonstrates a belief that the future of technology will be largely determined by end-users who will design, build, and hack their own devices.

The goal is to inspire, shape, support, and study these communities. To this end the group explores the intersection of computation, physical materials, manufacturing processes, traditional crafts, and design. And they ask themselves bloody good questions.

Have a look at some of the projects (a complete list so far here):

  • living wall: project site
    • This project experiments with interactive wallpaper that can be programmed to monitor its environment, control lighting and sound, and generally serve as a beautiful and unobtrusive way to enrich environments with computation.
  • teardrop: a kit for paper computing: project site
    • What interfaces might we build if we could sketch functional systems directly on paper? What will circuits look like when they are painted or drawn instead of etched or machined? This project explores the creative and practical potentials of paper-based computing.

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