Don't like the button layout on your devices? Just print new ones

Retrofab built both the software and a toolkit of 12 components that allow anyone to build their own control panels for household items such as light switches and appliances. Using 3D scanning, automated modeling and 3D printing, it’s a simple process that doesn't require a line of coding.

The scanning is done by no special contraption. Instead, a Microsoft Kinect does the job. In the paper released by Retrofab, they show how they built a new, connected control panel for a mundane household toaster.

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