Gallery: Fabrication Revolution

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A student demonstrates a dress built to defend the wearer's personal space. (MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)

"I first appreciated the parallel between personal computing and personal fabrication when I taught a class called "How to Make (almost) Anything" at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, which I direct. ...Each student later completed a semester-long project. One made an alarm clock that the groggy owner would have to wrestle with to prove that he or she was awake. Another made a dress fitted with sensors and motorized spine-like structures that could defend the wearer's personal space. The students were answering a question that I had not: What is digital fabrication good for? As it turns out, the "killer app" in digital fabrication, as in computing, is personalization, producing products for a market of one person." -- Neil Gershenfeld, "How to Make Almost Anything"
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