“Maker-Futurist” Carla Diana is also an educator, designer, author with a particular passion for smart objects and the Internet of Things. You can grab her LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing book in the Adafruit store. For a chance to hear about what she has been focusing on since launching the book, check out her MakerCon 2014 talk video below! (And learn what she means specifically about “Maker-Futurist.”)
Carla Diana is a hybrid designer keenly focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, wearable devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. Carla has had a long-standing working relationship with the product innovation firm Smart Design and has received the honor of being named the firm’s first Smart Fellow. In this role, she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of tinkering and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and presence and awareness. She is also Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices.
In addition to her professional design work, Carla is a faculty member in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program where she developed the first course focused on smart objects. She maintains strategic alliances with a number of academic research groups such as the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, and the Visible Futures Lab at the School of Visual Arts. From 2002 to 2007 she was Professor of Interactive Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she co-wrote the College’s first Interactive Design program and developed Physical Computing courses and a Physical Computing lab.
Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She has just completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.
Carla holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union. (read more)
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.