Hardware Innovation: Hacking Connected Devices

A hands-on studio course to productize commodity technology components into new product concepts and functional prototypes

Workshop Dates: August 28 – September 1, 2017

Keywords: Product Definition, Feature Strategy, Electronic and Mechanical Prototyping, Product Teardowns, Concept Refinement, Industrial Design, Branding

Description:
One of the miracles of mass production is when sophisticated tech components are produced at such high volumes they become commoditized, inexpensive, anonymous, reliable… almost like a material. Think RFID, 3D Printers, and Cloud Computing. Every year, London-based analysis group, Gartner, famously points out these ‘post-hype’ products. We believe these quickly-forgotten components provide some of the best innovation starting points for entrepreneurs who are looking to bring new hardware-powered services and products to the market with reduced engineering effort.

Learning Expectations:
Under the guidance of leaders from Tomorrow Lab, an NYC-based hardware innovation studio, students will work in teams to quickly productize a commodity technology component into a new innovative product, brand, and/or service. The components will be revealed on day 1, and the students will present their finalized product concepts and prototypes on day 5. In this rapid 1-week course, students will get a crash course in hardware product development including product definitions, feature strategies, electronic and mechanical prototyping, product teardowns, concept refinement, design and even branding. The students will leave with a working connected product and learn how they can adapt commoditized technology to create new product solutions of their own.

Prerequisites:
A background in some design (product or visual/graphic) will be necessary. Students should be curious about hardware and technology.

Faculty
Theodor Ullrich
Pepin Gelardi