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Invention Lab Updates

The CITRIS Invention lab is a space for prototyping and realizing product ideas. The space was built in Summer 2012 by Prof. Paul Wright and Bjoern Hartmann with help from CITRIS. It is located in 141 Sutardja Dai Hall. During Fall 2012, The Interactive Device Design class is the first group of students using the space.


Jan 1, 2013

Don't miss the Project Archive which collects final poster, slides, and photos from each project. A complete set of photos taken throughout the semester is on Flickr.

Dec 3, 2012

Final Presentations! Here are photos of the final products, the presentations, and the demo session.

Product Photos



Thanks to Cheryl Martinez for these photos.

Dec 1, 2012

Last day of open lab hours before final presentations. Teams are busy with final debugging, and with taking product photos.

Nov 28, 2012

Last regular day of classes. The lab has been very busy this week as students finish up their projects. The first complete products are emerging.

Nov 26, 2012

Mike Kuniavsky visited to talk about the new product development ecosystem. The lab is busy with students preparing for final presentations next week. Posters announcing our final presentations started to pop up around campus.

Nov 25, 2012

Many more parts were fabricated over break. Here are some images before and after the support material was melted out in our finishing oven (and more PCBs).

Nov 19, 2012

First revision PCBs and enclosures are being fabricated. Hayes Raffle (Google X) visited to talk about developing Topobo and working on Project Glass.

Nov 14, 2012

First files collected for PCB and enclosure fabrication.

Nov 8, 2012

Our ProJet 3000HD 3D printer is up and running. Students will start fabricating enclosures for their projects next week.

Nov 5, 2012

Inventor and Berkeley EECS alum Steve Beck came to class today to talk about his experience designing and manufacturing interactive toys and consumer electronics.

Oct 31, 2012

Students learned how to hand-solder small surface-mount parts.

Oct 24, 2012

Student teams showed first "looks like" prototypes and results from initial feasibility experiments for their final projects.

Oct 10, 2012

Students built home automation prototypes to learn how to control embedded hardware from the web and from Android tablet devices.

Oct 3, 2012

Nine teams formed and students presented initial ideas for their class projects. Two-minute pitches included: Sleeves and bottles that monitor water intake for athletes and patients; a smart drip-irrigation system; gasoline-use analytics for commuters based on ODB-II vehicle data; tangible blocks for science education; a phone-based TV remote control that provides better analytics to advertisers; a laundromat notification system based on vibration sensing; and a training system to help dancers stay in sync with the music.

Sep 26, 2012

Students submitted CAD assignments for handheld game controllers and formed teams for their projects.

Sep 24, 20120

In today's class on actuation, students experimented with Neutrino haptic feedback boards and eccentric rotating mass motors provided by Immersion Corporation.

Sep 19, 2012

Students built game controllers for their third homework (one week) - players had to "tag in" with an NFC tag and then control an existing or new game with a multi-axis accelerometer. Here are some examples:

Sep 14, 2012

CAD workstations are up and running. We are also using the laser cutter to improve the usability of the lab itself: Here are some custom-made hangers to suspend a wire spool rack from shelving:

Sep 12, 2012

Students built text entry device prototypes out of everyday materials for their second homework (one week): devices had to use a small number of switches, and users had to be able to type full sentences on the devices. Here are some examples:

All submissions are at the bottom of this page: HW_2_-_Text_Entry_Device

Sep 07, 2012

Our laser cutter, a Universal Laser Systems VLS3.50, is up and running!


Sep 05, 2012

During our class session on discrete input, students prototyped ideas for unique devices and sensors that only use simple opening and closing of switches as their method of input. Some example include: a pressure switch that requires compression of foam before embedded copper strips make a connection; an earthquake alam which uses a toppling mass to bring conductors on concentric rings into contact; finger tip input in which users touch their thumb to other fingers to make connections; and a forearm sleeve that uses binary encoding to sense rotation.

Aug 29, 2012

We had the first hands-on lab sessions: lab manager Mark Oehlberg taught soldering safety and techniques. Students soldered individual Boarduino microcontroller kits which they will use for future assignments.

Aug 27, 2012

First class meeting of CS294-84, Interactive Device Design, in the CITRIS Invention Lab.

August 22, 2012

Electric and plumbing are installed; walls and floors painted and stained. Tables, storage and computers arrived. Five days until the first class.


June 2012

Room 141 before we started work on the lab: An empty shell used as a storage area.