Pocobor.

Studiomates in the NY Times

Recently our shared studio space in Brooklyn, Studiomates, was written up in the NY Times. It’s an interesting article discussing the recent trend of people wanting to work in spaces shared with other creative types, and not isolated at home or in a coffee shop. I completely agree with that premise.

Pocobor in Uganda

We recently returned from an amazing two week trip to Uganda, Africa! We were there deploying a handful of product prototypes for a field study and meeting our users face to face. The image above is the site of one of the deployments, which was a typical off-grid (no electricity) village home and business. It was an amazing hands on, user-centric design experience, which gave me the opportunity to identify and empathize with the end user. An incredible amount of information was exchanged and user behavior understood in a very short amount of time. From the first deployment on, opportunities and design changes have been swirling in my head. Now that we’re back in SF we’re ready for the next phase of the project, even as field data continues to trickle in.

I enjoyed experiencing the polarity of the bustling city and the quiet and peaceful country. The capital city, Kampala, was vibrant and alive with movement everywhere. The countryside was beautiful with more rolling green hills (and Matooke

, the local green plantain) then I’ve ever seen. The people were incredibly welcoming, friendly, and hospitable, which made us feel immediately comfortable and at home in both the city and the country. I’d just recommend using extra caution when crossing the road; the pedestrian in Uganda has no right of way.

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The electronics district in Kampala.

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Does it get greener than this?

Gold at Robogames!

Podium Moment Reenactment (No Flowers? How about Bamboo?)

We are proud to announce “Passage for Peace” received a gold medal in the Art Bot Competition this weekend at Robogames!

Our initial interest in participating was just to share the concept, but we are ecstatic that the judges appreciated the piece. We were extremely encouraged by the strong positive feedback from Robogames guests as well. Guests jumped, especially the kids, at the opportunity for a “Touch Exhibit” they could actually interact with instead of just admire with their eyes. I even saw numerous people circle back with friends to show off our piece and interact with each other through our exhibit from across the room.

Although the two installations were located next to each other at Robogames, guests grasped and endorsed the larger concept of installing and connecting two or more exhibits in different countries around the world. The distributed exhibits would connect people through touch, sound, and warmth across physical, cultural, and language barriers to promote Peace. Learn more at the project url: www.passageforpeace.org.

If you missed Robogames, we are continuing to show the exhibit as much as possible to get the community interested. We’ll keep you informed about the next showing, so keep an eye on this blog!

Finally, we’d like to give a special thanks to Marnia Johnston who curated the Art Bot portion of Robogames as well as David Calkins and Simone Davalos for organizing such an awesome event. Thanks!

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Pocobor In The News – Design Week

Well, Design Week has wrapped up and I am headed home from Milan.  Before I leave though, I thought I’d send back a quick update.  The show was a great experience and we received a really positive response to the exhibit.  USA Today linked to a pretty good description of the exhibit and some of the feedback from show attendees made it onto Twitter as well.  When I get back to San Francisco later this week, look for a more comprehensive description of the project, including lots of pictures and videos.  Ciao from Milan for the last time (for this year at least).