Category Archives: Hack

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"How to make Arduino code act “psuedo-asynchronous” or “multi-threaded”"
Jimmy Chion

A Purse That Can Charge a Phone

For London Fashion Week, Vodafone teamed up with fashion designer Richard Nicoll and IDEO to bring a disruptive solution to life — a purse that charges a phone in style. On day one, we created three prototypes for making our idea catwalk ready. Not only did the phone and bag need to work together, we wanted the [...]

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"Good Morning, Good Evening, Good bye."
Vanessa Monogioudis

Join us in Munich on July 5th- 6th for a weekend of making

Ready to make a difference over the weekend? Join us for two fun and intense days of making, as we craft, hack, and build human-centered design solutions to real world challenges, working alongside IDEO designers from various disciplines. The theme for our Munich Make-a-thon is Good Morning, Good Evening, Good bye. We will tackle design [...]

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"We live in Chicago, so the idea of our company being called “Central Standard Timing” (CST) just made sense."
Dave Vondle

The evolution of the world’s thinnest watch, the CST-01

In January, Jerry O’Leary and I launched a Kickstarter campaign (currently <3 days to go) for the world’s thinnest watch, the CST-01. This is a watch we have worked on outside of project work while here at IDEO. On IDEO Labs, our aim is to share our process and give our readers an “under-the-hood” look at some [...]

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"At some point we began discussing how we might make a living circuit."
Rodrigo Martinez

Designing with Bacteria

At IDEO, “What if we…?” is a phrase you hear a lot. This “What if?” mindset, plus our love of playing around with new ideas, can lead to some fun experiments. A few months ago, for example, we used agar as a design medium to grow and biohack an electrical circuit. It all started on a [...]

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"The CUBE is an advanced office-in-a-box inspired by the portable communication technology used by FEMA and the US military."
Annette Ferrara

CUBE: IDEO Office-in-a-Box

Years ago, IDEO projects were primarily completed inside our studios. No longer. These days, more and more IDEO designers are embedded with client teams around the globe and prototyping in the field. This initially created some technology and infrastructure challenges. Things like storage (a file server), connectivity (the Internet, a wired and wireless local area [...]