ThingM is a device studio. We design and manufacture ubiquitous computing / Internet of Things products that combine user experience design expertise with a deep knowledge of cutting-edge technologies. We create useful tools for designers and innovative products for everyone else.
Our specialty is making everyday things from the near future.
ThingM principals Mike Kuniavsky and Tod E. Kurt are leading experts in the fields of hardware and software user experience, web technology development and consumer robotics. They have been collaborating on projects since 1994, when they created hothothot.com, one of the earliest e-commerce web sites, which launched two months before Amazon.com.
Our expertise with agile and flexible development strategies, bold technology choices and innovative user-centered design serves as a framework for all ThingM projects.
We prefer to explore ideas first without the constraints of technological limitations, before we create technologies to address those limitations. Our Technology SketchesTM document that process, the kinds of ideas we have, and how we develop them.
January 19, 2013
The New Product Development Ecosystem (Mike Kuniavsky at Designers + Geeks)
The New Product Development Ecosystem: How The Ideas Of Web Design Will Change Manufacturing
Picture a world where Amazon.com is a factory. Products are made in small quantities, as needed, based on direct input from users to designers and developers. Consumption directly drives product creation, and data informs design. Consumer products are made locally, with local materials and workers, while at the same time using design and engineering talent from anywhere on earth. It simultaneously looks exactly like our world, but is totally different. It's almost here, and you know more about it than anyone else.
Mike Kuniavsky is a user experience designer focused on ubiquitous computing. He co-founded Adaptive Path, an influential design firm, and ThingM, a micro-OEM. His books on design research ("Observing the User Experience") and the design of novel computing devices ("Smart Things") are widely used as university textbooks. He founded and hosts the annual Sketching in Hardware summit on tools for interaction design with digital hardware.
Presentation at Designers + Geeks in San Francisco on 10/18/2012.
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