residency 2-01 Maker Faire Home, residency #2|Bizmo/a, a robotic connection

From today Casa Jasmina will host Scarlett San Martin and Josh Harrington from Opendesk.

Opendesk provides designer furniture that can be made locally, anywhere in the world. Opendesk host design files for digitally fabricated products. They have a global network of makers and a collection of furniture by a range of international designers, many of which are available to download freely under a Creative Commons license. Rather than spending on shipping and high street retailers, Opendesk transparently communicates where your money goes — as well as the cost of materials and making (paid directly to the manufacturer), the final cost also includes a percentage for both the designer and the Opendesk platform.

With this principle as our guide, we designed the original Opendesk for London based software company Mint Digital. When their New York office needed desks, we shipped the CAD file, not the physical desks and Opendesk was born. Hardware as software, made locally and on demand.

Scarlett and Josh won one of our residency and have five days to prototype BIZMO/A, a robotic avatar to connect people working and living far from each other.

 

Today you can live in London and work for a company based in Tokyo (…).We want you to feel connected to the people that you’re working with, even if you’re not in the same space as them. We envisage that you might have a mini version of your colleagues on your desk in your office at home. You can tap them to get their attention. You can send them little voice messages. You can tell if they’re at their desk based on the activity of their avatar.

To develop BIZMO/A, Scarlett and Josh will use a Genuino MKR1000 combined with other technologies and hardwares.

We’re hoping to develop Bizmo/a into a proof of concept that shows how remote teams can feel closer even when they’re working on different sides of a country or the planet. Specifically, we want to work on some basic visual recognition of a team member and use that recognition to power Bizmo/a’s movements, if the team member tilts their head, their Bizmo/a does too. We want to give each Bizmo/a a specific personality as related to that team member, we’re planning on doing this by using CNC and laser cutting techniques to form unique avatar representations of people.

You’ll see Bizmo/a at Maker Faire Rome next October and stay tuned to follow the prototyping process.

 

 

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