Project Name

Little Tinker, LLC

Role
Co-founder, Design Lead
Intro
Connecting the physical and digital world with 3D printed models, smart electronics, and social media APIs.
Problem
In 2010, there was a flood of innovation happening all around us. But we started with a fundamental question: Can technology make people's lives better? Can it make life easier?

Isaac and I started creating toys and videos as roommates at Syracuse University. We both were creatives and engineers, with a similar love of making. We saw ourselves as 'tinkerers' in a world that was taking itself too seriously. Functional and useful was obvious, we wanted to make products that were fun. We never took off until Chris Becker, a brilliant engineer joined us. His brilliance, creativity and openness combined with our imagine of a better future created a sense of optimism. We set out to answer those fundamental questions with every project we took on.

Process
Products
We started experimenting with the intersection of the physical and digital world. A few of our first creations included: the first twitter drinking game "#DrinkUp" and a "Here on Instagram" wall installation. Other experiments included: a connected RedBull dispenser, a Tweeting laundry machine, a Spotify alarm clock and others.

One client, NEXIS, a research lab was doing cutting-edge experiments with social media at the time, but their space looked like any other lab on campus. So we made them a Foursquare Check-in Gumball Rocket.

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