How Anyone Can Master Technology – Daniel Hirschmann & Bethany Koby, Technology Will Save Us

How Anyone Can Master Technology – Daniel Hirschmann & Bethany Koby, Technology Will Save Us

The co-founders of Technology Will Save Us introduce us to DIY dissection and the creation of new gadgets by starting from the inside out.

Karen Summerson
  • 21 october 2012

Daniel Hirschmann and Bethany Koby understand how important technology is to the modern world – they also recognize its benefits: it crosses boundaries of geography, gender, class and sexuality. However, most of us are unaware of how our favorite objects actually work and how to fix and modify them. The two founders of Technology Will Save Us presented their innovative, fun solutions at PSFK CONFERENCE LONDON, calling the offerings a “haberdashery for technology.”

The company specializes in creative DIY kits – including Electro-Dough, DIY Speakers, a Thirsty Plant Kit and a Lumiphone Kit, which teaches you how to solder metals. The kits are sold at temporary kiosks within UK stores. The two also host creative workshops, which allow makers to work in community. Participants are encouraged to take things apart, learn how they work and re-purpose or reprogram the items to make their functions more applicable to the individual’s needs.

Hirschmann revealed their latest two projects – a puzzle radio made out of 3-D circuitry (a collaboration with Yuri Suzuki, who created the Tube Map Radio) and Bright Eyes glasses, which are studded with 150 LED lights that can be programmed to play content across the lenses.

Some highlights from the talk:

  • Since we’re so dependent on technology, it’s important that we know how it works.
  • We have the capability to redesign objects to make them more user-friendly for our specific needs.
  • Learn by taking things apart

Bethany Koby & Daniel Hirschmann / Technology Will Save Us

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