Maker Faire

d.tools for Rapid Prototyping

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Electronics

Day/Time: Saturday, April 22

Location: To be determined

What kind of tools would you need to make a functional interactive prototype of your own electronic gadget in 30 minutes?

d.tools is a hardware and software system that enables designers to rapidly prototype the bits (the form) and the atoms (the interaction model) of physical user interfaces in concert. d.tools was built to support design thinking rather than implementation tinkering. With d.tools, designers place physical controllers (e.g., buttons, sliders), sensors (e.g., accelerometers), and output devices (e.g., LEDs, LCD screens) directly onto form prototypes, and author their behavior visually in our software workbench.

I will have at least two laptops with our visual editor and with hardware interfaces, LCD screens, and physical UI components on hand for visitors to prototype their own frankendevices at the stand.

Related site: http://hci.stanford.edu/dtools/

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Presented by

Bjoern Hartmann
PhD Student
Stanford University HCI Group

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford, working in the Human Computer Interaction group on prototyping tools for designers and home hackers. Before coming to Stanford I was a touring electronic musician in Europe and ran a niche record label. I use the tools i develop in my research to build experimental musical controllers from time to time.