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Schedule: Machines sessions

In a connected world, a machine is much more than a machine. To go from brilliant ideas to successful physical products, you need to understand more than just how to connect sensors to systems and hardware—you need to know how to intelligently architect complex systems, anticipate human interaction (and interaction between devices), master security issues, and design for a post-screen world.

The Machines track shows you how to make intelligent things real; from design and prototyping to manufacturing and shipping.

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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
Dan Saffer (Saffervescence Inc.)
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
Josh Clark (Big Medium)
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
Travis Lee (IDEO), Simon King (CMU Design Center), 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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Conference Center - Golden Gate Room
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
Kelsey Breseman (Tessel Project)
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
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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Location: Festival Pavilion
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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Location: Fire House
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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Location: Fire House
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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Location: Fire House
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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Location: Fire House
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.