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  • Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha

  • Today, I'm going to talk to you about sketching electronics.

  • I'm, among several other things, an electrical engineer,

  • and that means that I spend a good amount of time

  • designing and building new pieces of technology,

  • and more specifically designing and building electronics.

  • And what I've found is that the process of designing

  • and building electronics is problematic in all sorts of ways.

  • So it's a really slow process, it's really expensive,

  • and the outcome of that process,

  • namely electronic circuit boards,

  • are limited in all sorts of kind of interesting ways.

  • So they're really small, generally, they're square

  • and flat and hard, and frankly, most of them

  • just aren't very attractive, and so my team and I

  • have been thinking of ways to really change and mix up

  • the process and the outcome of designing electronics.

  • And so what if you could design and build electronics

  • like this? So what if you could do it extremely quickly,

  • extremely inexpensively, and maybe more interestingly,

  • really fluidly and expressively and even improvisationally?

  • Wouldn't that be so cool, and that wouldn't that open up

  • all sorts of new possibilities?

  • I'm going to share with you two projects that are

  • investigations along these lines, and we'll start with this one.

  • (Video) Magnetic electronic pieces and ferrous paper.

  • A conductive pen from the Lewis lab at UIUC.

  • Sticker templates.

  • Speed x 4.

  • Making a switch.

  • Music: DJ Shadow.

  • Adding some intelligence with a microcontroller.

  • Sketching an interface.

  • (Music)

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • Pretty cool, huh? We think so.

  • So now that we developed these tools

  • and found these materials that let us do these things,

  • we started to realize that, essentially, anything

  • that we can do with paper, anything that we can do

  • with a piece of paper and a pen

  • we can now do with electronics.

  • So the next project that I want to show you is kind of a

  • deeper exploration of that possibility.

  • And I'll kind of let it speak for itself.

  • (Music)

  • (Applause)

  • So the next step for us in this process

  • is now to find a way to let all of you

  • build things like this,

  • and so the way that we're approaching that is by

  • teaching workshops to people where we explain

  • how they can use these kinds of tools, and then also

  • working to get the tools and the materials and techniques

  • out into the real world in a variety of ways.

  • And so sometime soon, you'll be able to play and build

  • and sketch with electronics in this fundamentally new way.

  • So thank you very much. (Applause)

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha

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