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Industrial design / mechanical engineering & intelligent robot creatures

My email has been full from all your ideas and suggestions of your needs as a hardware start-up, thank you. The diversity of the group and needs was vast. Some folks wanted knowledge on how to start a startup, others needed ideas on how to grow and market, and there were those that mere seasoned pro’s that wanted deeper dives into technology.

It was split down two paths:
1.  people wanting info on the business aspects
2. and leaning a little more towards technical training

So, we’ll try to meet most of these diverse requirements with the following format the meetup.
 25-30 minute business knowledge speaker, with very short Q & A
 25-30 minute technical knowledge speaker, with very short Q & A
 15 minute presentation of few local startup product presentations
 Follow up Q & A with speakers after conclusion

Plus, we are going to have some deeper dive training during the day in both business and technical knowledge. More to come.

Austin Hardware Startup’s plan for the monthly presentations and the program for January 19th is going to be great. The hardware technology presentation may have a scheduling conflict, but will try to have a replacement.

Business Knowledge Speaker
The insiders view of working with an industrial design firm!

Industrial design and detailed mechanical engineering for electronic products is a key element in the design and ultimately the sales of every hardware product. It merges the appearance, touch and feel, user interface, functional hardware assemblies and electronic interactions into "one" cohesive finished product. If you are considering using a consulting firm for these services wouldn’t you like to have a good idea of what they can do for YOU and how much it may cost BEFORE you contact them? Would it help you to understand a little bit more about the consulting design business model and understand their fee and cost structures?

We are pleased to have founding partner Chris Cavello of Mixer Design Group, a leader in high technology product development. They are working with some of the world's best known brands to help create their most exciting and technically demanding electronic products. Their tight, cross-functional technical team operates here in Austin serving the needs of clients like HP, Fiat-Chrysler, Intel, Jawbone, Nest, Oakley, New Balance, Staples and Dell.

Learn about the services and deliverables that consulting firms like Mixer produce to create the most challenging wearable technology and internet of things devices and get a sense of what it costs for various deliverables and why. With this short talk you will be able to approach even the biggest and best firms with your concept with the experience and knowledge it takes for them to take you seriously and if your story is compelling and the timing is right, they may even do the work at a significant discount!

 Chris Cavello founded Mixer Design Group with his partners in 2002. He has been guiding Mixer’s research, strategy and design efforts earning numerous design and utility patents. He also worked at Apple, Lunar Design and Dell. He studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute and the Domus Academy in Milan. Chris also holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Technology Knowledge Speaker     -      to be announced

Start-up Presentation
There alive! intelligent robot creatures that feel organic and alive.

A live demo of bots_alive will be presented to us by Dr. Bradley Knox. He will also give a short talk about their journey from a different, grander product to this one (and how it relates to the idiom "hardware is hard")
bots_alive uses your smartphone and a remote control toy to create artificially intelligent robot creatures that feel organic and alive. The phone acts as the eyes and brains for the robots, and owners interact with them by designing obstacle courses, mazes, and cages for the robots. The smartphone kit, which brings a Hexbug Spider to life, will crowdfund late January 2017 for $35. The vision pursued by bots_live (formerly Emoters) is to develop simple, animal-like robots that seem alive. Its efforts are supported by an SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Bradley Knox is the founder of bots_alive. He researched human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence at the MIT Media Lab and at UT Austin. At MIT, he designed and taught Interactive Machine Learning. He has won two best paper awards at major robotics and AI conferences, was awarded best dissertation from UT Austin's Computer Science Department, and was named to IEEE's AI's 10 to Watch in 2013.

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  • Brad K.

    If anyone has Drew Forest's email address, could they email me with it at [masked]? Thanks!

    February 4

  • Brad K.

    Hi, everyone. We're live!

    We'd love to have your support turning this into a sustainable business and moving further in our vision towards simple, pet-like robots.

    3 · January 25

    • Brian M.

      Pledged. And I just watched you guys go over the initial $15k goal. Congratulations!

      1 · January 26

    • Brad K.

      Brian, thank you! It was great to wake up to having passed the official goal. Now we've got 21 days to see if we can make a bigger splash and let the world know we exist. :)

      1 · January 26

  • Sergio L.

    Two excellent presentations!

    1 · January 20

  • Chris C

    Thanks to Drew Vigen and the Austin Hardware Start-Up Group for having me by to talk. I was also really impressed and excited for Brad's Knox's venture that leverages innovative technology and good design by Pushcart. I posted my support for bots_alive on Thunderclap for him. You should too!

    1 · January 20

  • Brian M.

    Excellent presentations! I love the new format. Great job, Drew, getting this together in a short amount of time.

    January 20

  • Glenn R.

    Will the presentations be made available? Both were great presentations with a lot of information and a lot of effort behind them.

    2 · January 20

  • R Hari N.

    This was my first meetup. I'm a student at ut dallas & I drove to Austin for this y'day. Speakers were really good & my best wishes to Knox& his team for their kick starter.
    I met a few nice people. Look forward to the next meeting.

    1 · January 20

  • Guy R.

    Great topics, great presentations, great pizza, and great new connections!

    January 20

  • Shahram S.

    Excellent presentations by speakers. Very informative. Best wishes to Brad for anticipated crowdsourcing for his company next week. Thank you Drew for organizing and running the meeting. Great job.

    1 · January 19

  • rds

    Good mix of business and technology presentations. I'll get there earlier next time to have more time to meet others. Thanks, Drew!

    January 19

  • Brad K.

    I enjoyed getting to share bots_alive with everyone. If anyone has pictures/video of my talk, I'd love to get copies for social media.

    Also, if you are interested in supporting us through social media, that Thunderclap link is (3 clicks and you're helping!)

    See you all next time at the meetup.

    1 · January 19

  • Alex N

    Great meeting!

    January 19

  • Joel C.

    Good luck with the presentation Brad. Sorry I can't make it tonight. Cheers, Joel

    1 · January 19

  • Guy R.

    Looking forward to the meeting!

    1 · January 15

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