Michael Karliner is a maker. He’s always working on something—like the remote control for his car, or his wireless doorbell.
Thanks to a new wave of DIY technologies, including the dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi computer and the open source Arduino circuit board, building gadgets is easier than ever—and more affordable. But Karliner says there’s one task that’s still too difficult: building the digital interfaces that let you control those gadgets.
“User interfaces are hard,” he says. “You can do an awful lot in a few hundred lines of code on a Raspberry Pi. But then you’re stuck with: ‘How do I actually use this?’”