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Solid 2014 Schedule

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014

9:00am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:00am - 9:20am
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
Jon Bruner and Joi Ito, Solid Program Chairs, welcome you to the first day of the conference. Read more.

9:20am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:20am - 9:35am
Rodney Brooks (Rethink Robotics)
Average rating: ****.
(4.38, 8 ratings)
In the old days software seemed pretty deterministic. If you ran your program 10 times it got the same answer all ten times. Once software was connected to the internet however, the results became less deterministic. Apart from network delays... Read more.

9:35am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:35am - 9:50am
Nadya Peek (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)
How can you rapidly prototype new computer controlled tools? With modular and reusuable subcomponents (including kinematic systems, sensor/actuator interfaces, motion control, and machine interfaces), we enable non-experts to design and build not just new parts, but new machines. Combined with digital fabrication tools, we can produce a whole new range of machines that make. Read more.

9:50am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:50am - 10:05am
Astro Teller (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.70, 10 ratings)
Using examples from Google[x] projects, the talk will explain why Google[x] has this focus on atoms, not just bits, how that choice has shaped the culture and efforts at Google[x], what additional challenges this focus creates for us, and some of the general directions we see for the future of hardware. Read more.

10:05am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Sponsored
Location: Festival Pavilion 10:05am - 10:10am
Alec Saunders (QNX Software Systems)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 8 ratings)
Data is important, but customers matter. Until IoT can deepen customer relationships and enrich user experiences, it won’t live up to its true potential. The challenges, of course, are many when businesses need to tap into massive amounts of data and extract meaningful information, without compromising security. Read more.

10:10am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 10:10am - 10:20am
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)
In this fun, energetic talk, we will explore way to control multiple robots in real time. Roombas sway to gentle computer generated music, while Spheros balls roll with flashing lights. This robot jam will culminate in spectacular finale when the AR Drones fly in to join the dance. Read more.

10:20am

Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 10:20am - 10:30am
TBC

10:30am

Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Break 10:30am - 11:00am
Morning Break (30m)

11:00am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:00am - 11:20am
Hiroshi Ishii (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)
I will present the trajectory of our vision-driven design research from Tangible Bits towards Radical Atoms, and a variety of interaction design projects that were presented and exhibited in Media Arts, Design, and Science communities. Read more.

11:20am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:20am - 11:30am
Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.86, 7 ratings)
Emerging technologies have a lot of hype to live up to before reaching their full potential. What goes wrong and what goes right for robot startups as they come to market. Or should we call them smart connected devices, the internet of things or simply appliances? Read more.

11:30am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:30am - 11:40am
Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
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11:40am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:40am - 11:55am
Tobias Kinnebrew (Bot & Dolly)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 11 ratings)
Bot & Dolly is a creative studio composed of Artists and Engineers. We leverage the power of the friction between those two disciplines to drive the engine of our creative process. This integration is a force multi-plier and propels us to innovate at the technology level from the perspective of an idea rather than an execution. Read more.

11:55am

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:55am - 12:05pm
Ivan Poupyrev (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
In this talk I will argue that the success of the computing of the future where digital code, data and physical realities are seamlessly merged will depend on inventing intuitive, fluid interfaces for to the physical world on a very large scale. I will also present some of my research in this direction including sensing, actuation, energy harvesting and the fine art of growing digital plants. Read more.

12:05pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 12:05pm - 12:20pm
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 10 ratings)
Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Read more.

12:20pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 12:20pm - 12:30pm
Jim Stogdill (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 7 ratings)
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12:30pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Events
Location: Lunch 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
In this first-ever Solid, we’ll be inviting the best-of-the-best hardware startups innovating in the realm of the networked physical world to demonstrate their products or services. The showcase is available during lunch, breaks and the Demo Pavilion Reception. Read more.

1:45pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures)
Branding a world-class hardware company is dramatically different than for software, Web, or mobile companies. Branding begins with storytelling, and crafting compelling stories for hardware requires a fresh perspective. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Tom Armitage (Freelance)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
"Connected Object" brings to mind white consumer goods with an Ethernet sockets or Wifi antennas. Perhaps a better model for understanding what connected objects can and could be is the furniture of a city. Drawing on a public project that made an entire city talk via SMS, this talk looks at this particular space as a place to understand and design relationships with connected objects. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Samrat Saha (Software Consultant)
This is an introduction into the possibilities that Bluetooth 4 has opened up in terms of sensor integration, crowd-sourcing and mobile devices. It demonstrates that not everything that is potentially useful needs to be sexy. Something as mundane as garbage pickup can be optimized to be more friendly to the environment and raise community participation using a mobile device and a brief walk by. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Michael DelGaudio (frog design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Connecting infrastructure via sensors and wireless networks is cheap and easy, but understanding the human motivations, desires and values underpinned by the Internet of Things is a challenge. This talk explores the evolving Industrial Internet through the lens of human behavior, using frog case studies as examples while offering methodologies and frameworks for design teams. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Andy Piper (Twitter)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Learn about MQTT - the lightweight messaging protocol, standardised at OASIS, that is ideal for connecting small and constrained devices whilst minimising network overhead. Open Source, simple, and easy to use, MQTT makes a great alternative to HTTP when composing the Internet of Things. Read more.

2:05pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Alex Hawkinson (SmartThings)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Alex Hawkinson, CEO and co-founder of SmartThings, will discuss key advancements that will take the “Internet of Things” beyond early adopters and into mainstream homes. He’ll discuss this from a hardware and software perspective, providing insight to the inevitable challenges ahead. The presentation will also include a demo of the SmartThings product to highlight the everyday user’s experience. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Alex Hornstein (TinyPipes)
TinyPipes is an electrical utility that provides power to off-grid areas. The utility is a collection of solar panels that can be installed all over the world, but are all connected to the internet through a local cellular network. Our users buy electricity that the panels generate - in that sense, we're just like a normal utility, but we reach places that no other utility can go. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Tom Metcalfe (Watershed)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
User-experience is as important to Internet-connected objects as software and hardware. Digital technologies need to be inconspicuous; and experiences nuanced through haptic interactions with physical objects, beyond the screen. This talk will highlight the importance collaboration, traditional object design; materiality and the stories objects mediate, bring to UX with connected-objects. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Smart products are using networks of software components to create meaningful product experiences layered over innovative hardware. With firmware, apps, and web applications all converging in one experience, the product design team no longer has the luxury of focusing on a single software property. This talk will discuss a shift in process to accommodate cross-component design. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Chris Gammell (Contextual Electronics)
The rise of open source hardware (OSHW) has been an important factor in many of the advances in the Internet of Things. Why haven't the tools creating the OSHW projects been open source? We'll take a look at many of the newer (or updated) ones and how they can be put to good use in the future of IoT devices and more generally in modern electronics designs. Read more.

2:35pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Zak Homuth (Upverter), Kate Drane (Indiegogo), Julia Grace (Tindie), Emile Petrone (Tindie)
Hardware is hot, but moving from idea to product is a lot of hard work. Featuring Upverter, Indiegogo, Tindie, and VC Boris Wertz, the panel will address the lifecycle and platforms that hardware companies need to scale: from design, through fundraising, sales, manufacturing, and delivery. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Kamal Farah (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Open Mobility transcends spatial boundaries in cities, enabling simultaneous movement in physical and virtual networks. Unlike traditional automobiles for urban spaces, Data Vehicles are designed for real time correlation of geographic locations with online content. This talk explores designing Data Vehicles for Open Mobility, and emergent points of interest at the intersection of data and cities. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
With the launch of Philips Hue launched, people not only got tunable whites and great color, but could also turn their lights off away from home, or as such, have the lights respond to any internet event. This session talks about the road to launch, the up- and downside of certain architecture choices and what happens when all the Hue bridges fallback to polling the Cloud platform every 2 seconds. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Dov Katz (Oculus VR)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
VR is coupled with our embodiment more than any existing interface. A compelling and immersive VR experience requires that our interactions with the physical world are mapped precisely and with low latency onto the virtual environment. This creates a variety of challenges, including hardware design, processing multi modal sensor data, and filtering. This talk will focus on our current solution... Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Mike Estee (Other Machine Co)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
The history of machine interaction design is tied up in the past. For many decades these design patterns have met the needs of their commercial users. As machine operators start to look like everyday people, we're going to need to rethink how we all interact with these new digital manufacturing tools to enable a much greater number of people to participate in the digital manufacturing economy. Read more.

2:55pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Ben Einstein (Bolt)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Building a minimum viable product for a software product is easy. But what about hardware? When there are prototypes to be assembled and parts to be manufactured, building a good MVP is not so straightforward. Learn a few tips about building MVPs better and faster to improve your product. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Gabriella Levine (OSHWA (Open Source Hardware Association))
Open-source hardware allows others to use, modify, and distribute hardware based on the original design. This talk will address the meaning of DIY & the Open Hardware movement, explore its history, the rise of OSHWA (open source hardware association), and the implications of sharing technology to facilitate local community approaches to environmental exploration and preservation. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Tom Wesselman (Plantronics)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
This session will outline the core technologies fueling the rise of wearable tech and cover the expected impact these devices will have - in both business and consumer scenarios - when sensing environments become commonplace. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Ljuba Miljkovic (Automatic Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Over the past 30 years cars have become technically sophisticated, but the driver experience has remained much the same. Automatic Labs’ Chief Product Officer, tells the story of Automatic’s creation, focusing on the delights and difficulties of shipping a product that is equal parts hardware, software, and cloud services. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Alden Hart (Synthetos)
IoT physical objects beg to be described as RESTful resources. This talk discusses how to use REST to describe and manipulate hardware, and uses the TinyG JSON resource model as a field-tested example of applying RESTful principles to physical objects. Read more.

3:25pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Amanda Peyton (Grand St.), Kuan Luo (Grand St.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Friends, co-workers and crowdfunding backers are certainly your supporters, but not your True Fans. The True Fans (credit to a Kevin Kelly blog post for the term) are the people who will evangelize your product to strangers, and superusers who you may or may not know. This talk is about designing your product for this group. If you want to start a movement, it begins with 1000 true fans. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Shawn Frayne (Looking Glass Hong Kong Ltd.)
Invention is not a single event that flares and then is gone. It's a weather system, where the best ideas float between often very different fields over long stretches of time. I'll be running through the tenuous connections that link a styrofoam packing peanut killer to a water disinfection system, which led to a non-turbine wind harvester that created a new art medium of volumetric printing. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Jeremy Faludi (UC Berkeley)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Myths abound on the environmental impacts of 3D printing: Will it really eliminate waste? Will it eliminate shipping? Will it create more problems than it solves? This talk will summarize the first comprehensive life-cycle assessment ever to compare 3D printing with traditional machining. It will dispel some myths and confirm others, ending with guidelines for how to make 3D printing greener. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Dan Saffer (Smart Design)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Once you have a prototype, what’s often missing is the polish that will turn your idea into a product that people will actually use and love. It’s the small details, the microinteractions, that enable the kind of positive attention and adoption that companies like Flip and Nest received. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Moe Tanabian (Samsung Mobile)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This talk touches both the Technical side and UX side of building Wearable devices. It also discusses how to bring Wearable ideas to life quickly using cost effective and ready to use Arduino based Sensors and components. Read more.

3:45pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Festival Pavilion 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Daniel Koffler (Rio Tinto Alcan)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Closing the data-loop; how Rio Tinto is managing the convergence of software, data and industrial physical assets. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Amanda Parkes (Columbia University)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Manufacture NY is a newly developed hybrid fashion incubator, factory, and research laboratory in NYC dedicated to providing independent fashion and textile designers with the resources to create sustainable lines that are locally produced through the integration of novel material and manufacturing paradigms. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Fire House 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Jason Johnson (August Home Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Having thousands of preorders is exciting and validating; however, delivering a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations is a whole other story. The creator of the August Smart Lock will share stories from concept to creation. This talk will speak to some of the pros and cons of decisions made in the product development process. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Andy Carle (Marvell Semiconductor)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The gap between strong concept and final product is huge. Tools and methods that help you quickly create dynamic prototypes are critical for competitiveness in the evolving IoT marketplace. We’ll present our approach to co-designing hardware and software, and share lessons learned developing an open source prototyping kit to help inventors rapidly design and test new consumer electronics. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Jeffrey Jensen (Raven Standard LLC.), Greg Huff (Raven Standard LLC.), Jean-Francois Chamberland (Raven Standard LLC.)
Expand your bandwidth and do more with wireless! The “internet of things” is putting “wireless into everything”, but designing hardware and software on the RF side of the board can require arcane knowledge. Puff Mobile is a new open source emag app that allows users with little to no wireless knowledge to understand, design, and build hardware to get more from both commercial and DIY projects. Read more.

4:05pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Events
Location: Break 4:05pm - 4:50pm
In this first-ever Solid, we’ll be inviting the best-of-the-best hardware startups innovating in the realm of the networked physical world to demonstrate their products or services. The showcase is available during lunch, breaks and the Demo Pavilion Reception. Read more.

4:50pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Festival Pavilion 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Laurie Yoler (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
It may seem like the whole world is connected, but the revolution has only just begun. Qualcomm SVP of business development Laurie Yoler will discuss how intelligent connectivity will transform industries like education, health care, transportation, smart cities, and more. She’ll provide insights about inventing at scale, and the profound challenges — and opportunities ahead. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Chris Clearfield (System Logic)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Physical computing increases our footprint in digital world by allowing information to flow directly to and from our devices, rather than requiring explicit input from us. While this provides tremendous potential and capabilities, it also requires consumers, designers, and regulators to carefully consider the nature of privacy, security, and regulation in a connected world. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Fire House 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Zachary Pousman (THINK Interactive), Michelle Berryman (Think, Inc.)
This talk will present a design framework for thinking about cadences and examples to show how they apply to the Internet of Things. This talk is aimed at product owners and designers, and you’ll leave with deep understanding of where and how cadences matter, how to model cadences, and what design (and evaluation) steps to take to deliver compelling IoT applications... Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Josh Clark (Global Moxie)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
There's untapped magic in the gaps between gadgets. Explore a rich trove of examples of the passive cues and active gestures that make us wizards slinging bits between connected devices. Designing this new class of physical, sensor-based interaction is not a challenge of technology but of imagination. The technology is already here, in our pockets, handbags, and living rooms. Learn to use it now. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Don Coleman (Chariot Solutions)
Bluetooth Smart, or Bluetooth Low Energy, introduces lots of terms: ATT, GATT, profiles, services, characteristics, descriptors and declarations. This talk attempts to demystify Bluetooth Low Energy and explain it in human friendly terms. Read more.

5:10pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Festival Pavilion 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Sean Carey (Helium)
The technology world is quickly moving into an era of devices being able to interact with each other. This interaction will happen in a simple, seamless, and effective way. Some people call this the Internet of Things. We call it an omnipresent internet. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 5:10pm - 5:30pm
noah feehan (New York Times R&D Lab)
What does it look like when our devices stop merely listening to us, and start becoming part of our conversations? How can the technology that lives closest to our bodies actively enhance our relationships with others? Introducing Blush, a wearable that highlights the moments when my online interests and offline behaviors overlap. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Fire House 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Reject the traditional pillars of manufacturing, and leverage 3D printing to reduce costs, minimize touch points, and accelerate go to market speed. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Travis Lee (IDEO), Simon King (IDEO), Evan Shapiro (IDEO), Jon Wettersten (IDEO)
IDEO developed Noam to support the design of increasingly complex hardware + software prototypes. It is ideal for creating quick, iterative, flexible digital-physical experiences that require communication between disparate platforms. While the need for robust product development continues, we have found Noam can dramatically increase the speed and likelihood of arriving at the right idea. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Jason Huggins (Sauce Labs Inc)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
What will testing tools of physical products look like in the future? Software developers prefer highly automated processes to test their code. However, manual testing is often the only option available when a new technology first emerges. This talk will discuss what the physical world might inherit from the software world of test automation. Who will win the testing war: robots or humans? Read more.

5:40pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Festival Pavilion 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Andrew Hessel (Autodesk Inc.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Living systems are manufacturing masters, capable of producing tremendous complexity from molecular components in a robust and reproducible way, and fully programmable with the digital code of DNA. The future of manufacturing will see a shift from making to growing the things humanity needs to thrive, both here on earth and off-world. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Chris Boshuizen (Planet Labs)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Planet Labs has pioneered the concept of “agile aerospace,” demonstrating a new approach for getting satellites into space. With 32 satellites currently in orbit, Chris, Planet Lab’s CTO, will recount how they went from prototyping in their garage to manufacturing in downtown San Francisco. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Fire House 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Mark Palatucci (Anki Inc.), Christina Bonnington (WIRED)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Since its inception, our interface with video games has been trapped behind a screen. In 2013, Anki completely upended that model with a mix of real-world gameplay, along with A.I. and robotics; but the debut of Anki Drive showed the world what’s possible when you take technology out of the labs and into consumer products - a fusion of the virtual and real worlds. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
BBC Research and Development’s open radio prototyping platform aims to encourage audiences to engage with, understand and influence the devices in their world. This session will introduce our experiments with hackable connected radios and show how we’re trying to empower people to build devices that are uniquely theirs. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Ralf Muehlen (Internet Archive)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
We'll show how to build a production quality sensor and relay network to automate data centers. What used to take exotic, complex and expensive analog hardware (e.g. transfer switches) can now be built with a network of simple, inexpensive sensors and actuators joined together with cloud-based software. We'll show how to confidently go beyond monitoring to triggering physical changes. Read more.

6:00pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Foundations
Location: Festival Pavilion 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Michael Matter (Sanstreak Corp), Juan Pineda (Edgertronic)
The human eye is pretty remarkable, but sometimes it can use a little help: If you want to see Jupiter’s moons, you’ll need a telescope. Protozoa in a drop of water requires a microscope. To see a light bulb shattering, you better have a high speed camera. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Society
Location: Fleet Room 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Matthew Schroyer (DroneJournalism.org)
When sensors are dirt cheap, yet air is dirtier than ever, how can you make a difference? Fueled by rapid prototyping and community fab labs, a journalist’s quest for data leads to a global initiative to cheaply quantify cancer-causing particulate matter. Case study and demo covers the DustDuino project from a toxic tire fire, to testing kitty litter, to training journalists for global deployment. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Companies
Location: Fire House 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Cameron Robertson (Lockitron)
Entrepreneur Magazine recently profiled the 100 most successful crowdfunding campaigns in the last year. Two of the top five hardware campaigns launched on a self-hosted platform. In this session, learn how companies like Lockitron, Tile, Soylent, Thalmic, and Coin were able to take advantage of self-hosting to raise millions in pre-orders and why others are turning to solutions like these. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Machines
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Björn Hartmann (UC Berkeley)
Advances in software and digital fabrication technology have brought down the cost, time, and expertise required to create interconnected interactive devices. This talk presents a broad survey of connected products that students design an implement in the CITRIS Invention Lab at UC Berkeley, and the tools that make these rapid explorations possible. Read more.
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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Tools
Location: C260 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Brian Gerkey (Open Source Robotics Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
DARPA's latest Grand Challenge added a new wrinkle: a simulation stage. The Virtual Robotics Challenge, a key stage in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, took place in July 2013 when 26 teams competed within simulated disaster response scenarios. This session highlights how Gazebo, the open source robotics simulator, was built for the DRC in the short term and longer term for the robotics community. Read more.

6:20pm

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Wednesday, 05/21/2014
Events
Location: Festival Pavilion 6:20pm - 7:30pm
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Grab a drink, mingle with fellow conference participants, and see the latest technologies and products from leading companies in the Solid space. Also featured will be a demo by design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly, at the end of the reception. Read more.

Thursday, 05/22/2014

9:00am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:00am - 9:10am
Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Joichi Ito (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Joi Ito and Jon Bruner, Solid Program Chairs, welcome you to the second day of the conference. Read more.

9:10am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:10am - 9:40am
Carl Bass (Autodesk, Inc. )
Average rating: ****.
(4.89, 9 ratings)
Carl Bass is CEO of 3D design and engineering software leader Autodesk. He’ll discuss the new ways small companies are changing manufacturing, and how trends in business and technology are influencing this evolution. He’ll highlight the intersection of hardware and software—both proprietary and open—and the communities that are shifting what’s possible. Read more.

9:40am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Sponsored
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:40am - 9:50am
Steve Teixeira (Microsoft)
Average rating: **...
(2.71, 7 ratings)
The Internet of Things is not a futuristic trend. It’s here today, involving the “things” that are most valuable to you —the devices, sensors, data and services you depend on the most. In this session, understand how to unleash the full potential of your devices by rapidly creating connected apps and intelligent solutions, focused on your things and changing the meaning of possibility once again. Read more.

9:50am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:50am - 9:55am
Matthew Gardiner (Ars Electronica Futurelab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
Folding, the origami of nature, has emerged as a creative strategy for programming function into materials. In recent years, artists, designers, scientists and tech giants alike have embraced the concepts, mathematics aesthetics and efficiency of folding as a method to add function to their creative products. Read more.

9:55am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 9:55am - 10:10am
Average rating: ****.
(4.88, 8 ratings)
* Organs 101 - a very brief history in organ-time *Fisk organs - overview of what we do * Why on Earth would we do that in the 21st Century? Read more.

10:10am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 10:10am - 10:30am
Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)
Average rating: ****.
(4.70, 10 ratings)
I will present emerging research on digitizing fabrication by coding the construction of functional materials, and explore its implications for programming the physical world. Read more.

11:00am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:00am - 11:05am
Renee DiResta (OATV)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Winners of the Hardware Startup Showcase are announced from the keynote stage. Read more.

11:05am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:05am - 11:15am
David Cranor (SOLID)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
In an early stage hardware startup, the act of balancing zealous devotion to product perfection with the hard realities of time and money resources can be a major challenge. This talk will will discuss strategies for accomplishing this in a variety of contexts; from overall product strategy all the way down to prototyping processes. Read more.

11:15am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:15am - 11:30am
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
Design has branched out in new directions, galvanizing young practitioners, sparking novel business models, and attracting worldwide attention. A designer today can choose to focus on interaction, interfaces, the web, visualization, socially minded infrastructures, immersive spaces, biodesign, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and, yes, even products and furniture. Read more.

11:30am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:30am - 11:45am
Ayah Bdeir (littleBits)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 10 ratings)
The emerging IoT space holds enormous potential for positive social, environmental and financial impact if it is built with the most important node at its center: people. I Read more.

11:45am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:45am - 11:50am
Abe Gong (Jawbone)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
Wearable and ubiquitous computing create new challenges and opportunities for resilience: building products that will stand up to the pressures of real-life use. This talk is about designing resilient systems by combining the capabilities and cultures of makers in hardware, software, and data. Read more.

11:50am

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 11:50am - 12:05pm
Renee DiResta (OATV)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Conventional wisdom is that hardware startups are hot right now. What does the data really tell us about underlying trends in what's getting funded and who's starting companies? Read more.

12:05pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Location: Festival Pavilion 12:05pm - 12:20pm
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
It's easy to talk about "the Internet of Things" and to miss the bigger pattern: we are no longer just building software for individual devices, but creating networks of intelligence and action that make it possible to completely rethink how we organize work, play, and society itself. Read more.

12:20pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Sponsored
Location: Festival Pavilion 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies ), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Join Tim O'Reilly and Rod Smith, IBM fellow & Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, for a fireside chat. Read more.

1:45pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
SOFT, not SOLID : Beyond traditional hardware engineering, and why soft is going to replace solid in so many technologies. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Janos Veres (PARC)
Janos Veres will describe how PARC has combined the techniques and materials used by printed electronics with those of multimaterial 3D printing. He will review printed electronics and discuss future directions, from smart labels and wearables, to trends and technologies that enable the printing of whole devices, complete with sensing, displays, logic and batteries. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 4 ratings)
The discussions on connected and smart products are mostly centred around highly utilitarian and efficiency based scenarios, but these products have evolved beyond simply offering remote access and are becoming relevant actors in our daily lives. But what changes when we a product actually becomes an actor? I will talk about one of them: a toaster, its addiction and its memoir. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 1:45pm - 2:05pm
Gordon Hui (Smart Design), Murphy Freelen (Smart Design), Robert Curtis, Ben Rottler (Independant)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
In the Age of Connected Devices, established incumbents face unrelenting competition from well-resourced Fortune 500 companies and nimble VC-backed startups. How do market leaders repeatedly innovate, create game-changing products, and avoid disruption? This panel brings together senior innovators from leading technology firms to discuss “next practices" for creating sustained success over time. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 1:45pm - 2:05pm
David Mellis (MIT Media Lab)
When electronic devices are designed for production using digital fabrication, they can be easily shared, reproduced, modified, and evolved. This talk discusses lessons from my work designing radios, speaker, computer mice, and cellphones; open sourcing their designs; and working with others to make and modify them. This approach allows for scaleable alternatives to high-capital mass production. Read more.

2:05pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Terry Foecke (PCH International), Erin O'Malley (PCH International)
“Hooking-up” has replaced long-term relationships with manufacturing suppliers and this no-promises model is failing. All this commitment avoidance has created opportunities to make stuff faster, better, and smarter…we just need to connect the dots in new ways. The sweet spot for getting design and manufacturing done right relies on hardware, software, factories, and.... Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Matt Carney (The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Robots optimized to live within the structure they build and maintain. Structures based on crystal lattices with sparse density and tuneable modulus based on the arrangement and design of the lattice faces. The elements are placed one at a time by robots that step through the structure one element at a time. That is to say the robots make one-bit motions relative to the structure. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Thomas Brady (Reaction, Inc.)
More people each year find themselves healthy enough to live at home, but isolated enough to not be comfortable doing so at their age. Many of them feel they've missed the boat with technology; and feel isolated from friends and family. In our labs, we explored how the Internet of Things could connect and protect and aging-at-home population, empowering them, rather than spying on them. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Scott N. Miller (Dragon Innovation, Inc.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The hardware revolution has begun – new factors such as cheaper components and 3D printing along with crowd funding are encouraging the democratization of innovation. Yet, too many entrepreneurs in the past year have been unable to deliver to the backers. We will walk through the steps entrepreneurs should take to prepare for a successful crowd funding campaign of their prototype. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:05pm - 2:25pm
Jen McCabe (Downtown Project)
When you hop on a plane to China to set up production, you better understand that your job is not production engineering...you, my friend, are about to become a Forensic Diplomat. We'll explore the importance of performing root cause analysis and figure out how to fix both design and production flaws by creating an integrated, collaborative production team with a strong vendor relationship core. Read more.

2:35pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Kelsey Breseman (Technical Machine)
Kelsey Breseman, neural engineer and member of Technical Machine, surveys the currently-available and soon-to-be available technology that interfaces with humans’ natural signal inputs and outputs. It is time to start creating devices that allow humans to act intuitively and subconsciously to understand information and to control their world. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Dan Williams (N/A)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
What's normal in apps and the web can be disastrous when implemented in software for the real world. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Ariel Waldman (Spacehack.org)
From the collisions of subatomic particles to the explosions of supernovas, this presentation takes you on an unusual trip through the weird, whimsical and fun ways to physically sense our universe. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Anna Shaw (Smart Design)
Women have been silently dominating the purchase and adoption of technology for 150 years. But myths persist that women lag in their use. That’s because women’s needs take a distinctly different slant than their male counterparts. Understanding those needs and designing for them can activate this often-invisible market and make your hardware/software product a resounding success for all. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:35pm - 2:55pm
Ian McFarland (Neo Innovation, Inc.)
In this session, I'll show how easy it is to build a paper prototype of a fully functional circuit. It's a simple idea. In fact, it's so simple, you won't believe you didn't think of it. But it will transform how you think about hardware prototyping. Read more.

2:55pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Brady Forrest (Highway1)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Making something is easy; making something that can be made is hard - very hard. Hardware takes longer, costs a lot and requires more people. It can be perilous for a company, but the rewards can be great. This talk outlines some of the pitfalls that have befallen hardware companies in the past - and still do today. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Joel Young (Digi International)
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 3 ratings)
Joel Young, CTO of Digi International, describes how to obtain the raw material for good insights from device data and gain full value from the rich diversity of the physical world. He presents real-world examples that show how combining a variety of information paths can lead organizations to a better understanding of their infrastructure, products and customers. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Cory Kidd (Intuitive Automata)
Hear lessons learned from the long and arduous process of turning proof-of-concept academic research in cutting-edge interactive robots into a product and company in the story of Intuitive Automata, an MIT Media Lab spinoff building social robots for long-term healthcare applications. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Aren Kaser (Igor Institute), Sean Murphy (Smart Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
What is integrated product development and what makes successful devices dependent on a well implemented PD process? Explore the intersection of hardware and software, creating a company that sells hardware, and delivering a highly receptive experience. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins), Matt Powell (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Building hardware & software installations for the world's largest brands is exciting, but comes with huge challenges and countless setbacks — even for seasoned makers & engineers. We'll share what we've learned about doing it right from doing it wrong building tech-powered installations for PUMA, BMW, Jay Z, & others. Hear practical advice that, we hope, measurably improves future projects. Read more.

3:25pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Joseph Salvo (GE Global Research)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Think manufacturing in the U.S. is on anachronism? You won't after you attend this talk. To illustrate, we invite you to take a peak at how open source edge-devices, supercheop electronic sensors, 3-D printing, and big data analytics are being applied to advance manufacturing across industries. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
3D printed electronics extend the capabilities of materials and printing processes to integrate sensing, actuation and information processing directly into what a device is made of. To design trillions of Internet of Things devices we will not be able to use exotic machines or materials, but common materials and common machines. Thus, the key will be in the shapes and patterns those materials take Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Shigeru Kobayashi (Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS])
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Highlighting case studies from 5 make-a-thon events in Japan. Where diverse teams of developers, engineers, designers, artists, and factory engineers, tackled the challenge; “How might we make our daily life pleasant with smartphone gadgets?” Encouraged to break out of their comfort zones, a few teams continue to collaborate, developing their hardware sketches into commercial realities. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Katherine Hague (ShopLocket)
Hundreds of hardware startups are crowdfunding their products every month either through platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo or through custom integrations on their own site. The trend towards selling an idea before it actually exists is what is now known as Pre-Commerce. This talk will cover the risks and rewards of pre-commerce along with overall trends emerging in the category. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 3:25pm - 3:45pm
Sean Yu-Hsiang Chen (UC Berkeley), Ben Zhang (UC Berkeley), Claire Tuna (UC Berkeley)
We describe a novel way to select and control smart appliances in physical spaces through a head-worn computing device. Users can express their interest of interaction by looking in a general direction to an appliance. The device communicates with the targeted appliance and displays relevant contexts for users in the near-eye display. It is intuitive since “what you see is what you get”. Read more.

3:45pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
Internet-connected Things are already everywhere, and more by the day. Are they secure? Do I care if someone knows my blood pressure? Step count? If the lights in my bedroom are on? It depends who and what else they know. This session will review examples of attacks against Things, why they matter, and what we can do about them. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Greg Borenstein (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
For 40 years, camera resolution has improved by an order of magnitude per decade, a Moore's Law-like curve. Combined with computer vision breakthroughs and the rise of mobile computing, cameras have become the essential contemporary sensor: capable of tracking human motion, detection objects, and even taking a pulse. This session is your entrée to understanding and working in this vital new field. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Fire House 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.)
Compassion, access to raw materials, and software are the last remaining technological barriers between us and an empowered society. Magical objects can be designed and built, but not everyone has the means and the permission to create them. What happens when these barriers are overcome and the only thing standing between you and the needs of your community is your desire to satisfy them? Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Eduardo Torrealba (Oso Technologies)
Software as a service has long been established as a viable business model across numerous industries. By offering landscaping businesses hardware based solutions to their common problems Oso Technologies has created a hardware as a service business model. This session will highlight the ways that hardware companies can introduce reoccurring revenue streams into their business models. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 3:45pm - 4:05pm
Nick O'Leary (IBM)
Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. Built on top of node.js, it provides a light-weight, browser-based environment that makes it easy to integrate different streams of both physical and digital events. This session introduces Node-RED, demonstrates what it can do and how it can be extended. Read more.

4:50pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Festival Pavilion 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Kati London (Microsoft Research)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
In this talk we'll see an experimental platform that enables and challenges developers and designers to use character design and social mechanics as a way to drive engagement with real time and networked data. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Everyday things are becoming smarter. The problem? The things are becoming smarter, but they’re also becoming selfish and you’ve ended up as a mechanical turk inside your own software. How can we fix the Internet of Things? The things have to become not just smarter, but more co-operative, and the Internet of things needs to become anticipatory rather than reactive. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Fire House 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Pramila Mullan (Accenture Technology Labs)
We will showcase how an Oil and Gas company can integrate the use of UAVs into its maintenance and monitoring business process. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 4:50pm - 5:30pm
John Dimatos (Kickstarter), Aurora Thornhill (Kickstarter), Danielle Applestone (Other Machine Co.), Al Linke (Open Gadgets LLC), Adam Rodnitzky (Occipital Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
With more than 1,000 technology projects funded, Kickstarter has become a hub of creativity for technologists & product designers from around the world. This session focuses on how the product development changes when creators embrace transparency, collaborative funding & community involvement, enabling people to become engaged throughout the creative process rather than consumers or spectators. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 4:50pm - 5:10pm
Valkyrie Savage (UC Berkeley)
Computing has moved beyond the screen into the physical world, with tangible devices (think game controllers) proliferating. Meanwhile, digital fabrication tools like 3D printers have spread from industrial design firms into hackerspaces and homes. Interactive devices and digital fabrication don't play nice; fabricated prototypes need fiddly electronic assembly to be functional. I'm changing that. Read more.

5:10pm

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Festival Pavilion 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Ben Waber (Sociometric Solutions)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Wearables have a long history as an integral part of the workplace, appearing in devices such as ID cards and audio headsets. But current applications only scratch the surface. The real power of this technology comes when we pair the data generated from these wearables with micro-level outcome data. This will not just change how people are managed, but will fundamentally alter the world economy. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Jeremy Jaech (SNUPI Technologies)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 1 rating)
This talk describes a new, ultra-low-power sensor network technology called SNUPI: Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure. This technology enables long-lived sensor networks with whole-building range by using the powerline infrastructure as part of a large receiving antenna. SNUPI Technologies has commercialized this technology to enable smart home monitoring and hazard detection. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Fire House 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Mark DeRoche (Aerofex)
The convergence of hardware and software is influencing aircraft design and development at a fundamental level. The addition of a network providing cues about the environment will serve as the catalyst that enables a revolution in personal flight. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 5:10pm - 5:30pm
Marcelo Coelho (Marcelo Coelho Studio)
Computer graphics and digital fabrication create the illusion that form is independent from matter. In reality, the behavior and aesthetics of the things we create are inherently limited by the material and scale constraints of our tools. In this talk, I present three works which push the limits of fabrication through a variety of scales and techniques, spanning from microscopic engravings on a... Read more.

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Festival Pavilion 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Timothy Prestero (Design that Matters)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Design that Matters is a nonprofit that applies design and technology to the needs of the poor in low-income countries. How might we move beyond concepts like mHealth and mobile money to apply desktop manufacturing and "the internet of things" to reduce costs, build connectivity and improve outcomes in healthcare, education and energy for poor countries? Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Naveed Parvez (Andiamo)
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Fire House 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Hardi Meybaum (GrabCAD)
There is a hardware renaissance underway and the Internet is the key driver. Today virtually anyone can get a product concept manufactured thanks to Open Engineering. Barriers to entry are breaking down and taking advantage of web­-based communities, knowledge and tools to accelerate the design and manufacturing processes is easier than ever. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Jeffrey Schox (Schox Patent Group)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Why do startups file patents? Hint: it is not to "protect your competitive advantage." Learn about how to craft a patent strategy that's right for your startup. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Jackie Scherer (Sight Machine)
“The Industrial Internet is coming!” Who are the companies preparing for this emerging opportunity? And why should you jump on board? There are many important and exciting technology problems to solve in industry. A prime example lies in manufacturing where millions of machines are sitting isolated on plant floors, waiting to be connected to the internet. Read more.

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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Society
Location: Festival Pavilion 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Yodit Stanton (opensensors.io)
The era of one trillion connected devices is upon us. What will we make of this opportunity? Better yet, how can we use this data to improve as many lives of as possible? Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Foundations
Location: Fleet Room 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Ian Ferguson (Formlabs)
A presentation on the struggles of bringing the Form 1 3D printer to market from the perspective of the lead engineer on the project. I will discuss the development process from prototypes to maintaining a product post launch. The emphasis will be on using software tools combined with hardware to manufacture a more reliable, precise and capable 3D printer than possible before. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Machines
Location: Fire House 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Venkatesh Prasad (Ford Motor Company)
There are about a billion licensed cars, trucks and buses on the planet, and these automobiles are rich concentrations of technology, masterfully engineered to be safe, "green," "smart," and quality products, designed with an emotional appeal. It takes large concentrations of capital investment to manufacture automobiles, and the.... Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Companies
Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
The German industrial landscape has remained competitive and export-oriented despite operating in a high-cost environment. Yet, it seems Germany has not fully embraced the potential inherent in this new hardware industry. By bringing IoT entrepreneurs and Mittelstand companies together, we explored how both sides can work better together - and will share the insights in an informal conversation. Read more.
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Thursday, 05/22/2014
Tools
Location: C260 6:00pm - 6:20pm
Laura Berger (Federal Trade Commission)
This session will provide a brief overview of the issues that device makers must address to ensure that their devices provide appropriate privacy and security protections. Read more.