The adage that ‘form follows function,’ seems simple enough, but putting it into practice involves a plethora of pitfalls, especially when applied to manufacturing hardware and getting a project out into the hands of users. This talk covers ‘design for manufacturability,’ and ‘ethnography of use,’ which are two key concepts that designers need to understand in order to maximize a project’s success. We’ll then reduce those concepts to practical tips, tricks, rules and guidelines for getting your hardware made correctly -and- made to be used.”
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Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.