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Collaborative Industrial Design and Customizable Products

How does online collaboration around industrial design effectively happen in an open source project? What tools are being used and what methodologies need to be followed? How can this process be extended post-product-launch so that a community can continue to be engaged through customization and personalization? What online services are supporting these processes and how do they work?

These questions will be explored by Albert Chao @albertchao (architect and designer) and Ed Borden @edborden (evangelist at COSM) in the context of the #AirQualityEgg project.

The session will explore the evolution of the Air Quality Egg design, prototypes that were developed by the community, and how the final design aims to further community engagement by deepening connections beyond DATA to the physical design as well. The session will look at Eagle, Shapeways, Protomold, Makerbot, Thingiverse and more as tools to facilitate collaborative design. These concepts are applicable to any Internet of Things project or product and we look forward to not only talking about how they've been applied to this project, but potentially brainstorming as a group how they can be applied to others as well.

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  • James T

    Really enjoyed learning a bit about Rhino seeing the 3D approach. AND, I need a NO sensor for my egg - where can I get the correct one?

    August 31, 2012

  • Ed B.

    If anyone has a MAC projector adapter, it would be great if we could borrow it

    August 30, 2012

  • Anthony H.

    Hay guys!,

    Really pleased I came across this event. I've just promoted it via the CF page (

    The aim is to create a community of individuals who are interested in areas related to collaboration e.g. Open Source, Open Science, Open Data, Crowd Sourcing, Large scale collaborative projects etc. The aim is to share knowledge about how more value can be derived through 'collaboration'.

    August 30, 2012

    • Anthony H.

      See you at the event later!

      August 30, 2012

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