Often when I talk about what I do, making isn’t just this inevitable function tacked on at the end. The way we make our products is certainly equally as demanding and requires so much definition. I design and make. I can’t separate those two.

Percussive Maintenance: The technical term for hitting a malfunctioning device until it works.

(via Brendan Nelson)

This idea that the Internet is like electricity, and that hardware and software seamlessly interact, explains why I don’t like the phrase ‘The Internet of Things’. To me it’s just the Internet.
- Paul Adams says it how it is.

The Microsoft Smart Home - From The Art Of Living TV series (circa 1999)

Why do we make? Connecting: Makers examines how the connected world is changing the nature of creativity. When everyone is a maker, new possibilities emerge, but with them come new responsibilities about digital transparency, cultural awareness, and the role of the designer.

"How would the experience of using London’s hire-bikes differ if they were connected to the network?"

Named for the genus of the pigeon – known for both its homing abilities and its prevalence throughout London – Columba by Tom Armitage is a working experience prototype in hardware and software that explores this idea.

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